Benjamin Horne (b.1995) is a composer/arranger, low brass performer, and music educator residing in Bloomington, Indiana. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Music Performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He earned his Bachelor’s at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA) with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and a Certificate in Music Composition.
Horne studied composition with Dr. James Ogburn and Dr. Don Freund. His works and arrangements span various styles. Horne’s works and arrangements have received many honors and have been performed around the world including at the Latzsch Trombone Festival in Germany, as well as performances at other events such as the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the International Trombone Festival. Gladiator, a work from solo bass trombone and trombone octet, is a past winner of the Texas Tech Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest and was performed at the 2018 Big 12 Trombone Conference by the Texas Tech Trombone Choir featuring world-renowned bass trombonist Charles Vernon. In 2020, Horne became the first black composer to have a solo work featured on the repertoire list for the Leonard Falcone International Festival Solo Competitions with his solo euphonium work, Stutter Step.
Horne’s primary instrument is the euphonium having studied with Dr. Adam Frey, Dr. Martin Cochran, Andrew Miller, Dr. Ian McCollum, Bernard Flythe, and Dr. Demondrae Thurman. Horne is a past winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Artist Competition. He has also been a finalist in the South Eastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Artist Competition and the International Euphonium Tuba Festival Solo Artist Division. Horne was a member of the Columbus State University Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Bradley Palmer. He was among the ensemble members on the Choir’s 2017 CD, Full Tilt. Horne was a member of the Teal Sound and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps including the latter’s 2016 Drum Corps International World Championship corps. He currently performs as a member of the Sequence Euphonium Quartet and with the Albireo New Music Collective as principal euphonium and trombone.
Mr. Horne’s conducting mentors include Dr. Jamie Nix and Paul Hostetter. Ben has also participated in conducting workshops and masterclasses learning from other conducting teachers such as H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Donald McKinney, and Dr. Matt Dockendorf. He has worked with various ensembles as a conductor and educator including the Georgia Brass Band. Mr. Horne most recently served as a middle and high school assistant band director at Holcomb Bridge Middle School and Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia where he also led the jazz program.
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