BEN WAHLUND
AMERICAN COMPOSER & MUSIC EDUCATOR
"The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation, and certainly a better world." 

Robert L. Lynch
CEO, Americans for the Arts

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY PERCUSSION STUDIO
(DeKalb, IL) is an incubator of amazing projects drawing on rich traditions of percussion from across the world - a home for developing professional music performers, scholars, and educators.  
​I am blessed to work every day with Dr. Gregory Beyer, Head of Percussion at NIU, and a rich team of talented educators including Mr. Bret Kuhn, Mr. Liam Teague, Dr. Rodrigo Villanueva, Ms. Yuko Asada, Dr. JC Wang, and more. I enjoy a full roster of undergraduate and graduate private lessons, direct percussion ensembles, present masterclasses, and teach Percussion Pedagogy.
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 
(Glen Ellyn, IL) is home to an eclectic group of percussionists ranging from young and no-so young enthusiasts to aspiring professionals.
We enjoy community engagements like performing at shopping malls, an elementary school tour, performing on the beautiful COD campus and attending concerts together in Chicago. In addition to directing the COD Percussion Ensemble, I love teaching private percussion lessons to COD students.

NIU PERCUSSION CAMP  (DeKalb, IL) is an overnight music camp held on the NIU campus and offered the last week of July to middle school and high school students from around the region. Featuring NIU Faculty and Alumni, the NIU Percussion Camp is a dream come true for me as director to offer the experience of working with such exceptional educators to students from all walks of life. Classes include snare drum, keyboard percussion, drum set, timpani, Brazilian percussion, steel pan and concert percussion ensembles, auxiliary percussion and more.
ARTS IN THE DARK BATERIA 
(Chicago, IL) is a rogue undertaking I codirect with Chicago-based sambista, Reed Flygt. Once a year we march a samba band of ~100 members down State Street in Chicago as part of the evening Arts in the Dark Parade.
Members convene from different schools, communities, and drumming clubs with glow sticks and drums to join us in a handful of rehearsals, jam sessions, and the final parade. 
JUSTICE, NOT CHARITY: WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN'S LOVE LETTERS TO AMERICA is a multi-media project I enjoy performing with friends across the country. A recital legth improvised work, Justice, Not Charity... explores the sermons of civil rights activist and pastor, William Sloane Coffin. Using MAX MSP, each movement of the work is informed by randomly accessed recordings of actors reading Coffin's words speaking to topics like poverty, nuclear proliferation, LGBTQ issues, the church, hypocrisy, shame, joy, life, death, fear, hope, friendship, and love.
THE HIMMELFARB PROJECT 
(Spring Green, WI) is an interdisciplinary collaboration with the celebrated American visual artist, John Himmelfarb. I enjoy helping composers and performers craft percussive pieces and structured improvisations on his vehicular sculpture entitled KB-3. These are then performed at the closing of the summer concert season of the Rural Musician's Forum at the beatiful Frank Lloyd Wright building The Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center​.