Musician     Teacher      Producer


Benjamin Croucher

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE cont.


DOUBTING SCHOLARS
-New Music Ensemble supporting the music of Professor Kevin Hanlon
- Kevin Hanlon(guitar), Carl Ferrelang(Bass), Benjamin Croucher(Drums, Andrew Combs(Guitar)
http://www.doubtingscholarpress.com/


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM
-Contract musician for Ridgewood Methodist church, 2008-Present 
-Weekly service, church pageants, and special 
music events
-Las Colinas Orchestra, Percussion Sub


OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM IN ENSEMBLES WITH PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS
-Bob Becker, NEXUS
-Evelyn Glennie, Independent solo artist
-Mark Ford, UNT, Dynasty
-Christopher Dean, UNT, Adams
-Poovalur Sriji, UNT
-Jamal Mohammed, TOCA artist
-Ed Smith, Vibist/Malletech artist
-Jeff Queen, Blast!
-Steve Talac, Freelance Drumset Artist
-John Piper, Vibist/Musser Artist
-Lamar Burkhalter, Percussion One
-Kevin Hanlon, Guitar, Vocalist


RECORDING OPPORTUNITIES
-Contracted for private CD recorded at Dallas Sound Lab
-Field recordings for private clients and student recitals
-Fully functional Home Studio
- Engineered/Produced 4 full length albums 
- 9 years experience
- Records countless local groups and personal musical outlets
http://benjamincroucher.com/

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
-Hamon Arts Library AV Stacks 2007-2008
-Hamon Arts Library Front Desk Personnel 2006-2007
`-Mail Room Clerk for Select Billing and Company 2002-2005


High School Achievements

REVOLUTION DRUM & BUGLE CORPS from San Antonio --- 2003 season

Outstanding Drumline, “Top Drums”
Division II Finalist


PERCUSSION ONE: The Drumline/The Ensemble (Independent percussion ensemble and drum-line comprised of HS students from the greater Houston area; Admission by audition only) Lamar Burkhalter, Founder/Director
Member 2001-2005
Section Leader 2004/2005

Performances include:
Houston Bowl (NCAA) (December 2003)
St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2002-2004)
Astroworld (Spring/Summer2002/2003)
Houston Texas (NFL) (2002, 2003, 2004)
Houston Aero Hockey (2001, 2002)
DCI Excitement of Sound (Summer 2002/2003)
Tour of Central Texas (Summer 2002)
Texas Bandmasters Assoc. Convention (Summer 2002)
Numerous private venues, charity events, and concerts
Percussion Festival of Greater Houston 2003 -Outstanding Solo Award


OTHER MUSIC EXPERIENCE
INTERLOCHEN ARTS CAMP: World Youth Symphony Orchestra (by audition) (Summer 2004 and Summer 2005 on Full Scholarship TEXAS EMERSON SCHOLAR)
University of Texas Band Camp (Summer 2001, 2002)

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)
Cougar Pride Awards (recognizes outstanding achievement) (2001-2004)

Benjamin Lane Croucher

Blcroucher@gmail.com

(214) 697-7082

 

BA in Music(Percussion) –Southern Methodist University

Drumset - All styles

Classical Percussion

Hand Drums, Ethnic Percussion

Middle Eastern, Balinese, African, Latin, Indian, Sundanese, Cuban

Mallet Percussion

Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Glockenspiel

Marching Percussion

Synth Percussion

Recordist/Engineer 

DJ/Producer


TEACHING EXPERIENCE


-Active home studio, lessons on request through website

www.BenjaminCroucher.com


-Current teacher at Rockwall School of Music, since 2009

www.rockwallmusic.com


-Drum Instructor for Zhen Music and Arts, Since 2010

http://www.zmaai.com/


-Intro to Hand Drumming for Non-majors, SMU, Sub for Jamal Mohammed

http://jamalmohamed.com/


-Teacher assistant, World Music Ensemble, SMU, 2009-2010



PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE


SMU Staff- Live Music/Dance Music

- On staff as live performer for Modern and Jazz Dance classes

- Meadows World Music Ensemble - SMU based ensemble

- Regular DMA, Asian Crow Collection, Voices of Change, and MAC Appearances

- Performance and master class at Southeast Oklahoma State University (2011)

- First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Ridgewood Park Methodist, Lakewood Methodist

- Consistent performance opportunities playing a wide range of styles from Bulgarian to Latin


THE OBSCURE DIGNITARIES

- Multiple appearances around DFW area

- Northeast Tour 2014, DC, NY, CT

- Upcoming World Music Group in Dallas

- www.TheObscureDignitaries.com


BRANT LEE CROUCHER

- Texas music awards 2012

- SXSW 2011 and 2012

- CCA concert for conservation 2012


BALI, INDONESIA

- SMU in Bali , Directed by Jamal Mohammed.

- Multiple international festivals during my 1-month residence


NEEDFIRE

-Drummer- December 2010 – May 2011


GUITAR CENTER DRUM OFF 

- North Dallas Store Winner 2009

- Districts Finalist (TX, OK)


DJ/PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

- Michelle Patrick/ Salon energy private party

- Regular participant in Producer Contests

- Multiple wedding appearances


DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL 2010

-The Texas LeReaux Band


SMU

Meadows Symphony Orchestra

-Dir. Dr Paul Phillips 

Percussionist 2005-2008


Meadows Wind Ensemble

-Dir. Dr Jack Delaney

Percussionist 2005-2008


Meadows Jazz Orchestra

Dir. Akira Sato

Drumset/Vibraphone 2007, 2009-2010

    - Best Solo Award - Addison Jazz Festival


QUINTET FOR THE END OF TIME

Established in spring 2007

- Opened Matese Friend Festival in Bojano, Italy Summer 2007

- Opened the World Music Festival in Italy Summer 2008

-Full length album, Di Corsa 

-Numerous local Dallas venues including Voices of Change 


Music Resume