Benjamin A. Charles is a member of the Florida Atlantic University percussion faculty, where his duties include teaching private lessons and percussion pedagogy, as well as directing the Concert Percussion Ensemble.
A versatile performer, Dr. Charles’s experience spans many musical genres, including avant-garde solo percussion works, orchestral percussion, chamber music, Indonesian gamelan, and percussion ensemble. He was featured as a showcase performer at the 2009 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). He was also featured at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as a concerto soloist, performing Russell Peck’s triple percussion concerto, The Glory and the Grandeur. Most recently, he performed Karel Husa’s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association conference in Jacksonville.
Dr. Charles holds degrees from the University of North Texas, the University of Illinois, and the University of Miami. His principal teachers include Donald Bick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, William Moersch, Ricardo Flores, Svet Stoyanov, and Matt Strauss.
Dr. Charles is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He is an artist/endorser for Remo drumheads and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.