Professional arranger for the marching arts
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WHO AM I
I’M BEN LEE
PROFESSIONAL MARCHING BAND ARRANGER
I am a composer/arranger based in Henderson, Kentucky, near Evansville, Indiana.
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, as well as WGI Winds Finalists and Medalist Ensembles.
My music for wind ensemble is published by C. Alan Publications. Please check out my composition, Flaher—and later this spring, With You—at their website.
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.
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
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
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 a creative, custom, and competitive product? I will write new marching band show music for your ensemble.
Want to cut your budget but not your successes? I will lease pre-existing full show music arrangements to your program.
Need a newly commissioned work for your concert band or percussion ensemble? I will create meaningful music for you and your students.
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.
Need a judge for your marching band competition? I will provide an arranger’s perspective and music feedback for the bands at your contest.
*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.