At 20 years old, His recording of Kevin Hanlon’s composition “Writing on the wall” was featured on the Dallas Observer website, and the recording of Hanlon's “Kickin’ It” sparked multiple international opportunities in Bojano, Italy; allowing the ensemble to play the Matese Friend Festival in 2007 and getting invited to open the World Music Festival in 2008. Benjamin spent the summer of 2010 in Bali, Indonesia studying Balinese Gamelan and other various world genres. Benjamin is a graduate of SMU. He has studied under John Bryant, Ed smith, Drew Lang, Doug Howard, and Jamal Mohammed. He has played alongside such names as Evelyn Glennie, Jeff Queen, Mark Ford, Bob Becker, and more. He teaches and performs with multiple local musical groups in Dallas, Ridgewood Park Church, Voices of Change, including appearances at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection, and the MAC. He has performed with a range of local Dallas-based music artists and he also enjoys teaching a variety of percussion ranging from drumset, marching, ethnic/world, electronic and classical. In 2012 Benjamin joined the staff at SMU as a dance musician for university Jazz and Modern classes. In 2013 Benjamin joined The Obscure Dignitaries playing an assortment of hand drums including Doubeks, Djembes, and the Sundanese Kendang. In 2015 he joined Bronwen Roberts, performing french pop, bossa nova, and english originals. Currently Benjamin is beginning new projects with Home Conversion, Joslin Dsouza, releasing an album with the World Music Ensemble of Southern Methodist University, and releasing new music with Bronwen Roberts
A WORD ON TEACHING
Over the past 10 years, teaching children has been one of the most enjoyable opportunities I've had. As it turns out, I have gotten quite good at it. During that time I have taught children from ages 4 years old to seniors in their early 70's. Some of my younger students have become more serious about music, while others enjoy learning an instrument along with the other activities/sports they are involved in. Because music has something for everyone, the benefits can be discovered by everyone who studies. Whether you spend years or months taking lessons, there is no debate as to the positive effects of music on young people, and for that matter, all people.
High School Achievements
Region 23 TMEA All-Region Band (2001, 2002, 2003: 1st chair, 2004: 1st chair) Region 23 TMEA All –Region Orchestra (2001,2002, 2003) Region 23 TMEA All-Area Band (2004, 2005) TMEA ALL-STATE Percussion (2004, 2005) Region 23 UIL Outstanding Solo (2001, 2002) UIL ALL STATE OUTSTANDING SOLO (2003) -(1/204 Judge’s Choice Award) Region 23 UIL Outstanding Ensemble (2001, 2002, 2003) TCGC Winter guard: State Runner-up (2002) TCGC Winter guard: Region Finalist (2003) Member CC Band (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) Cy-Creek Drumline Captain/Section Leader (2004-05)
2005 Interlochen Emerson Scholar
Musician Teacher Producer
Benjamin Croucher began studying percussion at age 11. Growing up in Houston, Texas he studied music in grade school, winning numerous TMEA awards including an allstate judge’s choice for outstanding soloist and making the All-state Orchestra and All-State Band, in which he was the first percussionist in his high school’s 33 year history. At age 15, he marched with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a member of a nonprofit group called Percussion One, a local performing ensemble in Houston that performed for the Houston Aeros, Six Flags Astroworld, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and even The Houston Texans. In 2004, he attended Interlochen Arts Camp and performed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he returned to Interlochen as the Texas Emerson Scholar. At age 16 he began focusing on drumset and audio production which he continued studying at SMU.