Who am I
I'm Ben Lee
I am a composer/arranger based in 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 show music for some awesome students. I work with fine directors and staff teams that I consider my dearest friends. I have designed marching band shows 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 2018, I am looking forward to the premiere of my new work for middle school band—”With You”—to be performed by the KMEA Second District Gold Band in January.
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 marching band show music. 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.
“Ben’s arrangements are clever, suave, and exciting. He’s already a master in inherently developing music effect. I highly recommend his services!”-Tom Case, Band Director, Adair County HS
“Nothing has contributed more to my group’s success than the decision I made to exclusively use soLeeMusic since 2013. The arrangements are masterfully crafted so that your group’s ceiling is elevated. Whether it’s a group who is young and inexperienced or a group that is established and looking to take the next step, soLeeMusic delivers a modern, cleverly paced, tailored product that always satisfies. My students are always excited to play Ben’s arrangements.”-Curtis Ervin, Band Director, Russell County HS
“SoLeeMusic arrangements are brilliantly written for your students to learn and enjoy while also being tailored to highlight the strengths of your ensemble.”-Andy Critz, Band Director, Wayne County HS
What I can do
Want me along for your design process? I will consult with you and your design team to help you craft an innovative product.
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 marching band show music. I will provide minor tweaks to pre-existing music 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.
FlaherConcert Band View Project
50/50Marching Band View Project
The ArrivalMarching Band View Project
The AscensionMarching Band View Project
The AscentMarching Band View Project
Aurantia: The Yellow SpiderMarching Band View Project
The AviatorsMarching Band View Project
The Awakening: Chosen by the LightMarching Band View Project
The Black DeathMarching Band View Project
Call of the WildMarching Band View Project
Día de los MuertosMarching Band View Project
Diamond in the RoughMarching Band View Project
DisbandedMarching Band View Project
DisturbedMarching Band View Project
The EdgeMarching Band View Project
EmergeMarching Band View Project
Ever After?Marching Band View Project
FlippedMarching Band View Project
Forest Has a SongMarching Band View Project
Freak ShowMarching Band View Project
From DarknessMarching Band View Project
From the Depths of Dark WatersMarching Band View Project
Gathering GreenMarching Band View Project
Happiness IsMarching Band View Project
Haunted ManorMarching Band View Project
Hidden FiguresMarching Band View Project
Home of the BraveMarching Band View Project
HushMarching Band View Project
Illusionary WorldMarching Band View Project
Insomnia: Whispers of NightfallMarching Band View Project
InvictusMarching Band View Project
The Journey of a HeroMarching Band View Project
Life: Hope ConquersMarching Band View Project
Lost and FoundMarching Band View Project
MadMarching Band View Project
Mad LoveMarching Band View Project
Marching Band 101Marching Band View Project
Maroon 5 MontageMarching Band View Project
Nothing Gold Can StayMarching Band View Project
Notorious: The Chronicles of Bonnie and ClydeMarching Band View Project
offBALANCEMarching Band View Project
Once in the DarknessMarching Band View Project
Pandora’s BoxMarching Band View Project
PicturesqueMarching Band View Project
A Picture’s WorthMarching Band View Project
PixelatedMarching Band View Project
Pompeii: 79 ADMarching Band View Project
Rise of the Dark HorseMarching Band View Project
The RushMarching Band View Project
StratusMarching Band View Project
Sweet ImaginationMarching Band View Project
There’s No Place Like…Marching Band View Project
The TribeMarching Band View Project
UnbrokenMarching Band View Project
UntamedMarching Band View Project
UntouchableMarching Band View Project
V.I.P.Marching Band View Project
WarpedMarching Band View Project
The Winds of ChangeMarching Band View Project
WOLFgangMarching Band View Project
XtraMarching Band View Project
The Yellow WallpaperMarching Band View Project
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