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Ben Bruflat


Ben Bruflat (b. 1992) is an active performer and music educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Lincoln Memorial University where he teaches Music Appreciation and conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Pep Band. Additionally, he is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Faulkner University, teaching lessons remotely to all trumpet music majors. Prior to these appointments, Ben taught a variety of courses during his graduate studies including large sections of Music Appreciation to 400 students, trumpet lessons to college music minors and non-majors, Music Theory Rudiments, and JH/HS music courses at annual summer music camps.

Ben is also an active performer around the country. He previously appeared regularly 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 was a featured soloist at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association annual conference with the Wayne State College Wind Ensemble in 2015 and at the Midwest Trumpet Festival in 2017. He is also a two-time quarterfinalist in the ensembles division of the National Trumpet Competition (2019, 2020).

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 Music Performance from Eastern Illinois University in 2018. In May of 2021, Ben graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance. His primary trumpet instructors are Dr. David Bohnert, Dr. Joshua Thompson, Dr. Andrew Cheetham, and Dr. Eric Yates.

OTJ Reviews


Wherein Lies the Good: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • June 01, 2022
Wherein Lies the Good is a fascinating experience and one that should be sought out by audiences of all backgrounds. The music transcends traditional boundaries and creates a welcoming atmosphere to experienced and casual listeners alike.



Freedom Variations for Brass Quintet: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • April 11, 2022
For a strong ensemble that is up to the challenge and seeking new repertoire to add to their library, Alyssa Reit's brass quintet is a worthy addition and one that will hopefully excite future audiences the way it has excited this reviewer



Art of Fugue: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • December 28, 2021
Mike Hall brings trombone repertoire back into the 18th century, inspiring his audience to join him in this album of old-meets-new. While other artists may be looking forward, Hall proves that there is still much to be learned by looking back.



Music for Trombone and Loop Pedal by John Sipher: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • October 01, 2021
In a world of excess, it is difficult to stand out in the crowd, but John Sipher manages to do so with this collection of solos for trombone and loop pedal.



Musikverlag Bruno Uetz Music for Brass: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • August 11, 2021
Finding a variety of chamber ensemble repertoire can be difficult for brass players who aren't in a quintet. Thanks to Musikverlag Uetz Music, there are now several new options available depending on your group's makeup and ability



Emergency Vehicle Blues by The Big Bad Bones: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • July 12, 2021
If you're a trombone player, a jazz musician, or just somebody looking for a good time, track down this product by the The Big Bad Bones as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed!



First Impressions: A Review

By Ben Bruflat • May 04, 2020
If brass quintet music is something you seek out, especially new brass quintet music, Axiom Brass' new release is a must-have.