Ben Hans

Ben Hans's Biography

Ben Hans is a musician and music instructor who keeps a busy performance schedule. In addition to leading his own jazz trio, Ben performs as a freelance artist, who cut his teeth performing under the tutelage of Jazz Guitarist Jack Grassel and the late Swing Clarinetist Chuck Hedges.

Performing many genres of music, Ben has shared the stage with a diverse list of artists such as legendary rudimentalists John S. Pratt and Mitch Markovich; the great Jazz pianist Barry Harris; singer/songwriter/composer C F Kip Winger; guitar virtuosos Reb Beach, John Roth, Donnie Wayne Smith and Jorge Salan; vocalists Fiona Flanagan, Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Dan Reed (Network); celebrated Saxophonists Eric Morones, Johnny Padilla and Jesse Lee Montijo; Jazz guitarist Scott DuBois; in addition to performing alongside many great regional jazz artists such as Rick Embach, Berkeley Fudge, Ken Stein, Steve Peplin, Tom McGirr, Pete Billman, Aaron Gardner, Hal Miller, John Babbitt, Michael Arnold, Kirk Tatnall, Mark Solveson, Jeff Schroedl, Jeannine Rivers, Swing Nouveau and many more.

As an educator, Ben currently instructs student musicians at the SAE Institute. Ben is an author, proofreader, freelance editor and session performer for the Hal Leonard Corporation, with published works including Workin' Drums – 50 Solos for Drumset, 40 Intermediate Snare Drum Solos, Rudimental Solos for the Marching Snare Drummer, Modern School for Mallet Keyboard Instruments, Hal Leonard School for Snare Drum and transcriptions of Ray Luzier's Double Bass Drum Techniques, as well as performing in and writing for the Hal Leonard DVD Traditional Rudimental Drumming by John S. Pratt.

Ben is a Yamaha Performing Artist who also endorses Tycoon Percussion, Aquarian Drumheads, Mike Balter Mallets, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Istanbul Agop Cymbals. Ben is a member of ASCAP and John S. Pratt's International Association of Traditional Drummers.

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