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Ben Pouncey
Ben Pouncey

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Benjamin Pouncey, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in wind conducting from Colorado State University, and is in the studio of Dr. Rebecca Phillips. As a graduate teaching assistant, Mr. Pouncey serves as guest conductor of the Colorado State Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, and assists with the Colorado State Marching Band, Presidential Pep Band, and the Rampage Basketball Band.

Mr. Pouncey most recently served as Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School (Summerville, SC) where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band, as well as oversaw the Winter Guard program. As the band program at Ashley Ridge grew, the concert bands and marching band consistently earned superior ratings at state festivals and, on average, seated nine to twelve students in the South Carolina All-State Bands annually. Prior to Ashley Ridge, Mr. Pouncey was co-Director of Bands at DuBose Middle School (Summerville, SC) where he was the 2013 Rookie Teacher of the Year. At DuBose Middle School he taught all levels of brass and percussion pedagogy and co-directed all ensembles including the DuBose Symphonic Band and the 8th Grade Jazz Band. During his tenure, the DuBose Symphonic Band earned superior ratings at the 2018 National Adjudicator’s Invitational (Atlanta, GA) and was a featured ensemble at the 2018 South Carolina Music Educators’ Conference.

An alumnus of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Mr. Pouncey served as the corps’ drum major from 2009 to 2011 and was a member of the trumpet section in 2007 and 2008. The Cadets are 10-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champions, having won their most recent title in 2011. Mr. Pouncey was the recipient of the 2011 DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award, given each year to one drum major from both the World and Open Class and he has been a clinician for the DCI Drum Major Leadership Seminar.

Mr. Pouncey holds professional affiliations with the National Band Association (NBA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.