Ben Bruflat, trumpet

Ben Bruflat (b. 1992) is an active performer around the country. He currently plays with the Tuscaloosa (AL) Symphony Orchestra, the Starkville (MS) Symphony Orchestra, the Starkville Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Mississippi State Faculty Brass Quintet. He has also performed with the Danville (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Sioux City (IA) Municipal Band, and for various cover bands and weddings. Ben has been a featured soloist at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association annual conference with the Wayne State College Wind Ensemble and at the Midwest Trumpet Festival. He is also a two-time quarterfinalist in the ensembles division of the National Trumpet Competition.

On top of performance duties, Ben is a heavily active music teacher. He is currently the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Faulkner University. At the University of Alabama, he serves as the graduate teaching assistant for the trumpet studio, teaching weekly trumpet lessons to all minors, non-majors, and some music majors, and he teaches a section of Music Appreciation to 400 college students. Ben has also taught at Eastern Illinois University, teaching high school and junior high trumpets during their summer Eastern Music Camp as well as teaching a Music Theory Rudiments course to college freshmen.

Ben received his Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Vocal/Instrumental Music Education from Wayne State College in 2016. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from Eastern Illinois University in 2018. Currently, Ben is studying for a Doctor of Music Arts degree at the University of Alabama with an expected graduation date of Spring 2021. His primary trumpet instructors are Dr. David Bohnert, Dr. Joshua Thompson, Dr. Andrew Cheetham, and Dr. Eric Yates.