Ben Pouncey, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, received a Masters of Music in wind conducting from Colorado State University and his Bachelor’s Degree (music education-trumpet) from the University of South Carolina. In the fall of 2023, Mr. Pouncey will begin the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of South Carolina.
In 2022, Mr. Pouncey was selected as a National Band Association Young Conductor, part of the Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project with the United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.). Mr. Pouncey is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence and received the 2018 Phi Beta Mu Theta Chapter Young Band Director’s Award.
Mr. Pouncey served as Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School (Summerville, SC) from 2018–2021. Under his direction, the program at Ashley Ridge consistently earned superior ratings at state festivals. Prior to Ashley Ridge, Mr. Pouncey was co-Director of Bands at DuBose Middle School (Summerville, SC) from 2013-2018 where he was the 2013 Rookie Teacher of the Year. The DuBose Symphonic Band was a featured ensemble at the 2018 South Carolina Music Educators Association 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 received The Cadets Distinguished Service Award every year from 2008 to 2011 and he 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.
Mr. Pouncey is an instructor for the Music for All Drum Major Institute, the University of South Carolina Drum Major Clinic, and the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium (drum majors).