Ben Wahlund (b. 1977) is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator, composer and performer who lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three dogs.
Mr. Wahlund serves as the Director of Percussion at the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL) and music education faculty at North Central College (Naperville, IL). Ben also conducts the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Percussion Ensemble (Chicago, IL) and is Program Director for the Birch Creek Summer Music Performance Center's Percussion and Steelband Session in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
Locally, Ben Wahlund is a percussion specialist for Naperville, IL School District 203 where he directs the NCHS Drumshow – a high school percussion ensemble concert that draws over 2,000 paying audience members in one weekend – and enjoys teaching many successful private students in his home studio.
Ben Wahlund performs as part of area orchestras, the ¡The Screaming Norwegians! Percussion Duo, the Naper Chamber Players, and endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and Sabian Cymbals. Additionally his music compositions have won numerous awards and are performed around the world. Ben enjoys running, watching movies, reading books and attending concerts.
A commission for Mr. Brandon Estes during the fall of 2005, Rip reflects my concern regarding a passing statement by a colleague;”Music is a temporal art. That is, music is an art form subject to experience only during a given amount of time”. It is my contention that music is only subject to time as much as an ice sculpture is subject to time...
In the first dance, Discrete in Dance, non-parallel rhythms flare up in urgent waves, reminiscent of Delecluse or Zibkovic, and exhibit augmented versions of the original Cretan Dance, in a style like that of Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The second dance, Afreaux Trot, is loosely based on an Afro-Cuban 12/8 pattern, which replaces the original two-beat feel. Great...
Ben Wahlund's Crystal Butterfly was awarded 2nd place in the 2003 PAS composition contest! This is a unique intermediate level marimba solo that incorporates contemporary marimba techniques as well as electronic sound accompaniment. [Four mallets - 4 1/3 octave marimba].