Ben Maughmer is currently in his 12th year of teaching in the Birdville Independent School District where he holds the position of Associate Director of Bands at Haltom High School, located in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic II Band, assisting with the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, design and instruction for the Haltom Marching Band, composing and arranging for marching percussion, assisting with the instruction of beginner percussion classes at Haltom, North Oaks, and Watauga Middle Schools, as well as the coordination of all facets of the percussion program for the Haltom cluster. Under his direction the Haltom High School Percussion Ensemble won the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International call for tapes contest.
Ben has accumulated 16 years of drum corps experience as a performer and instructor. He began marching in 1984 with the Spartans from Vancouver, Washington, then continued with the Concord Blue Devils in 1990, and aged out of the Denver Blue Knights as section leader in 1991. Prior to joining the Bluecoats instructional staff in the fall of 2003, Ben served on the instructional staff of the Cavaliers from 2001-2003 and Blue Knights from 1992-1998. Ben is the assistant Director of “Metro-Alliance”, the 2002’ North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) Independent Drumline Champions. His Bachelor of Music Degree was earned from the University of North Texas where he performed with the world champion U.N.T. drum line for three years and served on the instructional staff for three years. Performance ensembles while at North Texas include the Steel Band, the African Ensemble, and Dr. Scheitromas’ Graduate Percussion Ensemble. Ben has studied with Greg Hull, Van Mathews, David Bertman, Brett Khun, Mike McIntosh, Tom Float, Ralph Hardimon, Paul Rennick, Ron Fink, Jeff Prosperie, and Dr. Robert Scheitroma.
Ben is an Innovative Percussion Artist, a Yamaha Performing Artist and has published several articles in various journals. His professional affiliations include, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters, and the Percussive Arts Society. He is an active clinician, judge and arranger throughout the country.