Director of Athletic Bands
- Doctor of Musical Arts
Texas Tech University
Dr. Benjamin Harper serves as Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University, where he directs the Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band, basketball pep band, and conducts the Concert Band. Harper also teaches courses in marching band techniques and arranging for school band, orchestra, and choir.
Harper regularly guest conducts and clinics bands throughout Georgia, arranges for high school and collegiate marching bands across the nation, and collaborates with professional musicians in contemporary chamber music performances. He has been published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (GIA Publications, Inc.) and has presented at state professional development music conferences.
Prior to joining the faculty at Valdosta State University, Harper spent seven years teaching grades 9-12 in Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Iowa State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from The University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University.