(b. 1990) Ben Andrews is an award-winning drummer, percussionist, and educator based in Nashville, Tennessee.
He started playing drums at age 10, and has since played in chamber groups and bands around the world. He's shared the stage with artists such as Chubby Checker, Matt Maher, Kyle Kupecky, Will Stoltz, Michael Burritt, Chris Deviney, and others. In 2014, he won the Wilmington Store Finals for Guitar Center's "Drum-Off." In the classical realm, he's won multiple concerto competitions, including the National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the United States Army Band. Ben has also served as principal percussionist and principal timpanist with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated as the Presser Scholar (equivalent to valedictorian) from West Chester University in December 2014 with degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance.
Ben has had the opportunity to study with some of the world's greatest percussionists and drum set artists, including Valerie Naranjo (SNL house band, Lion King on Broadway), George "Butch" Ballard (Duke Ellington, Count Basie), Derico Watson (Victor Wooten), Chris Hanning (NFL Films), and others.
Committed to education, he offers affordable private lessons and worked as the youth music director for Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE for four years. There he led a praise band through singing and playing drums, piano, guitar, and bass. He also led the Red Clay Children's Chorus program for two years.
Ben also serves as a curator and gear reviewer for Drummer Talk, the Internet's longest running drumming podcast.
Whether it's soloing on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol building, or accompanying a Sunday evening youth service, Ben hopes that his music spreads love and joy to everyone who hears it.
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