Ben Cantrell

Ben Cantrell

Name:  Ben Cantrell
Title:  Instructor of Music
Education: B.M.E. in Music Education, Morehead State University
M.A. in Percussion Performance, Radford University
D.M.A. in Percussion Performance (ABD), University of Greensboro-North Carolina
Office:  115 Conservatory of Music
Phone:  803/323-4513
Area(s):  Director of Percussion Studies

Ben Cantrell is the Director of Percussion Studies at Winthrop University where he teaches applied percussion, directs the percussion ensemble, assists with Winthrop’s Steel Band, and is the faculty advisor for the Winthrop Percussion Society. Originally from southwestern Virginia, Cantrell has been performing, adjudicating, and educating for many years and continues to be active throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas.

As a performer, he has an extensive history with wind bands, such as the Sacred Winds Ensemble of Eastern Kentucky, regional orchestras, such as the Johnson City and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras, and music theatre, such as Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia. Other notable performances include those for the Virginia Day of Percussion (2013), the Jazz Educator Network Conference (2014), the North Carolina Music Educator Association Conference (2017), and the North Carolina Day of Percussion (2019).

As an educator, Cantrell has taught music at all levels from Pre-K to masters students. He has worked with many middle and high school programs; giving clinics, repairing equipment, instructing drumlines/front ensembles, and adjudicating marching contests. He has also worked within several university and college programs, having previously served on the faculty at University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Concord University, Elon University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Cantrell received a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University, a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance from Radford University, and is currently ABD at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is an educational artist for Mapex Drums, Majestic Concert Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, and is a member of the Health & Wellness Committee for Percussive Arts Society.

Last updated by rayj 01/13/2020

Last Updated: 1/31/20