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Ben Collins

Batavia High School
Division Coordinator of Fine Arts
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Ben is the Division Coordinator of Fine Arts at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL. Batavia has over 550 students involved in curricular music out of a student body of 2000 and represents the largest percentage of music participation (by percentage of student body) in the Chicago area. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, both in music education and a master’s in educational administration from Aurora University. In addition, Ben studied politics and theology at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Ben is a program consultant for the Senators Drum and Bugle Corps from the United Kingdom. He spent four years in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as well as a year on their percussion staff.  Currently, Ben preforms as a member of the Bulls Drumline, a regular act at Chicago Bulls home games.  Ben is an Innovative Percussion educator, endorses Evans Drum Heads, and is the co-director of Smith Walbridge Marching Percussion Clinics. He also serves as a marching band clinician for Walt Disney World during their annual Thanksgiving Parade of bands.  He is a student of Bret Kuhn, William Moersch, Ricardo Flores, and Joe Manfredo.  In his free time, Ben enjoys an addiction to non-fiction reading and electronic dance music as well as his love of Illinois Football and golfing.