I am excited to be beginning a new chapter of my life as Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at Tarleton State University!

This really is a dream come true for me: to have a full-time position that supports research and creative activities.

I am particularly excited about this position for two reasons...

  1. I was so impressed by the middle and high school music education system when I was working on my undergraduate degree in Texas. Middle school bands in Texas sound better than a lot of high school bands elsewhere. Now I get to be in a position where these wonderful students will feed into my University, and I get to feed them back out into the professional field.
  2. The University is a cultural center for the city of Stephenville, Texas. I loved how the University of Illinois was a cultural center in Champaign-Urbana; it brings a new level of interest when the University can support the community it exists in.

The faculty and students had such a positive buzz when I was there. The interview and audition process should have been draining, but being around such energetic people felt invigorating. I am looking forward to getting started this Fall!

AuthorBenjamin Charles