Who am I

I'm Ben Lee

I am a composer/arranger based in south-central Kentucky.

My love for music came at an early age when I began taking piano lessons from Mrs. Phyllis Egnew. Growing up, I was a “house cat,” as Mom always said, spending way too much time inside playing Nintendo games (if that’s possible, I guess). Through the years, I printed off sheet music for every Nintendo theme I could find, geeked out, and created medleys of my favorite tunes. It was then when I found my passion for music. Later, I joined the Russell County Band in 6th grade, had my life changed, went on to Western Kentucky University where—after I got over my dreams of being Mr. Lawyer Boy, J.D.—I decided to marry my heart exclusively to music.

Since then, I have been so fortunate to teach and write marching band shows for some awesome students. I work with fine directors and staff teams that I consider my dearest friends. I have designed for ensembles who achieved such accomplishments as state and circuit champions, runners-up, and finalists, including Bands of America Grand Nationals Class Champion, and Regional and Super Regional Finalists.

My music for wind ensemble is published by C. Alan Publications. Please check out my composition, Flaher, at their website.

In 2017, I am looking forward to the premiere of my new work for percussion ensemble performed by the Graves County HS Percussion Ensemble at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention in February.

Thank you for visiting soLeeMusic.com, and please feel free to contact me.

My Passionate Philosophy

I believe marching band is an all-encompassing arts experience. To me, it is the ultimate interdisciplinary activity: combining art, dance, theater, and specific content material with the wonders of music. It is such a great method to develop better musicians in order to bolster the concert band, small ensemble, and solo programs. Of course, the whole band experience teaches things far greater than perfecting the technics of music-making. It teaches indispensable life skills, provides an enriching competitive outlet, and leads to lifelong friendships and memories—all while instilling the love of music!

My Personal Process

I strive to provide a personal service for your band program whenever I am asked to arrange a marching band show. I recognize that each ensemble is different: from different places, with different resources, and containing different personnel. I would not write the same themed show the same way for two different ensembles; this is why no recordings, grade level, or duration are listed for pre-existing shows. One show might be written with a saxophone section in mind that hung the moon; another might keep in mind saxophonists who can barely put their instruments together. (Okay…maybe that’s a stretch.) But, when commissioning an original show or leasing a pre-existing show, you are guaranteed a creative, custom, and competitive product that fits your program.

What I can do

My Services

New Show

Want a creative, custom, and competitive product? I will write a new show for your ensemble.

Pre-existing Show

Want to cut your budget but not your successes? I will lease a pre-existing full show arrangement to your program.

Partial Show

Need an overhaul of part of someone else’s show product? I will write partial show commissions of music for your ensemble.

Editor

Unhappy with someone else’s arrangement? I will edit and spice up another’s existing product.

Consultant

Want me along for your design process? I will consult with you and your design team to help you craft an innovative product.

Clinician

Want me to shed new light on your music? I will gladly schedule a visit to work with your ensemble.

*I provide a “work-for-hire” service when creating a show. I will provide minor tweaks to pre-existing arrangements at no additional cost. This includes reducing or enlarging instrumentation. Major changes to the formal structure of an arrangement would incur a small fee, to be discussed. Copyright licensing for applicable works must be obtained before I will write music for your ensemble.

**All shows are granted regional exclusivity.

My Work
Flaher

Flaher

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The Arrival

The Arrival

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The Ascent

The Ascent

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Aurantia: The Yellow Spider

Aurantia: The Yellow Spider

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The Awakening: Chosen by the Light

The Awakening: Chosen by the Light

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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

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Disturbed

Disturbed

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The Edge

The Edge

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Emerge

Emerge

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Ever After?

Ever After?

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#thef@irest

#thef@irest

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Forest Has a Song

Forest Has a Song

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Freak Show

Freak Show

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Gathering Green

Gathering Green

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Happiness Is

Happiness Is

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Haunted Manor

Haunted Manor

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

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Hush

Hush

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Illusionary World

Illusionary World

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Insomnia: Whispers of Nightfall

Insomnia: Whispers of Nightfall

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Invictus

Invictus

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The Journey of a Hero

The Journey of a Hero

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Life: Hope Conquers

Life: Hope Conquers

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Mad

Mad

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Mad Love

Mad Love

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Marching Band 101

Marching Band 101

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Maroon 5 Montage

Maroon 5 Montage

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

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Notorious: The Chronicles of Bonnie and Clyde

Notorious: The Chronicles of Bonnie and Clyde

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Once in the Darkness

Once in the Darkness

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Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

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Picturesque

Picturesque

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A Picture’s Worth

A Picture’s Worth

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Pompeii: 79 AD

Pompeii: 79 AD

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Stratus

Stratus

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Sweet Imagination

Sweet Imagination

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There’s No Place Like…

There’s No Place Like…

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The Tribe

The Tribe

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Untamed

Untamed

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V.I.P.

V.I.P.

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Warped

Warped

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CONTACT ME

For a recording or information about my services, please contact me using any of the methods below.