Dr. Benjamin Miles is Assistant Professor of Music at Wright State University, where he teaches tuba and euphonium, performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet, and teaches courses in Music Technology and Orchestration. In addition to his duties at Wright State University, he is Principal Tuba in the Richmond (IN) Symphony and performs regularly in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. He has performed as a soloist at the International Tuba and Euphonium International and Regional Conferences and was the winner of the 2005 Leonard Falcone International Artist Tuba Competition, held at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan. He was a preliminary judge for the tape round of this prestigious competition in 2008 and 2009. He has given performances in 48 of 50 states, as well as in Europe and China.
He received his degrees from Michigan State University, Penn State University, and the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. His principal teachers include Phil Sinder, Marty Erickson, and C. Rudolph Emilson. While a student at Michigan State, he became the first tuba player in the history of the school to win the annual concerto competition and while at SUNY Fredonia, he was the first tuba player in the history of the school to receive the Performer's Certificate.
Dr. Miles has performed with the Conway (AR) Symphony, Lansing (MI) Symphony, West Shore (MI) Symphony, Jackson (MI) Symphony, Altoona (PA) Symphony, Nittany Valley (PA) Symphony, the Penn's Woods (PA) Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Fredonia (NY) Chamber Players. In 2006-2007, he was a member of the Bay Street Brassworks brass quintet, performing concerts and presenting masterclasses across the country. He has also performed with the Pinnacle Brass Quintet (AR), Detroit Chamber Brass, the Michigan Chamber Brass, the Galliard Brass Ensemble (MI), and Disney's touring show "The Lion King."
Prior to his appointment at Wright State, Dr. Miles served on the faculty at the University of Central Arkansas. He has also taught low brass students at Alma College (MI), Lansing Community College (MI), Eastern Michigan University, and Penn State University. He is a former member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and was on the brass staff with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
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