Colorado Springs, CO
Hey there! My name is Benjamin, and I'm a sophomore Music Education major with an emphasis in K-12 Instrumental Ed. and Jazz Saxophone. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Colorado when I was five, and I've lived here ever since. I first toured UNC as a junior in high school, looking exclusively at the music program, but soon found myself looking to be involved in so much more. The campus feel, small class sizes, and incredible music and teaching programs really secured my decision to make UNC my new home. I enjoyed my first year here on campus actively involved in the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band, UNC Jazz Studies Program, Impact Youth Ministry, and other small groups before becoming a Student Ambassador. UNC is home to so many campus groups and organizations and is incredibly welcoming to anyone who wants to get involved with people who share their interests. I look forward to completing my degree here at UNC and pursuing my dream of actively performing and becoming a High School Instrumental Music Director.
1. I founded and direct a full 22-person jazz big band at home during the summers, as well as perform a lot with smaller jazz ensembles around the state.
2. The Office, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Psych are my absolute favorite shows. I could watch them for days on end.
3. I went to Costa Rica on a mission trip a few years ago and went on one of the world's longest zip-lines!
Skinner Music Library (there is SO much music in there...check it out for yourself)!
UNC has a LOT going on, all the time, so take advantage of all of the incredible opportunities. Don't be afraid to go to all the events happening around campus. Often, that's how you will find like-minded people that you can become friends with. Get involved!