Benjamen Blasko (b. 1990, Johnstown, Penn.) is an American composer and doctoral student.
Dr. Blasko completed his DMA in wind conducting from the University of North Texas [Denton]. He received his bachelor of science in music education from Messiah College with a focus in trumpet and his master of arts in wind conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ben’s primary conducting teachers include Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Dr. Nicholas Williams, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Bradley Genevro, Dr. William Stowman, Dr. Timothy Dixon, Thomas Leslie, and Linda Tedford. He has also studied composition with Dr. Kirsten Broberg, Bruce Yurko, Dr. Jack Stamp, and Dr. Michael Harcrow.
As a recording engineer, Ben has been involved in the recording, editing, and mastering processes for many world-class organizations including, but not limited to, the IUP Wind Ensemble, Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Stowman, Mark Clodfelter, Tromba Mundi, Agora Brass Ensemble, Keystone Wind Ensemble and Covalence. For the past eight years Ben has studied recording techniques with Grammy Award winning engineer Bruce Leek.
As a composer, Ben’s writing encompasses many mediums including orchestra, wind band, jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, marching band, choir, and contemporary music ensembles. His works have been performed by ensembles all across the country, including Tromba Mundi and the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, IUP Wind Ensemble, Bravo Brass, Agora Brass Ensemble, and United States Navy Band. His works have also been performed at multiple All-State Conferences, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the National Trumpet Competition.
He is a founding member and the artistic director of the Agora Brass Ensemble, an ensemble made up of graduate students and music educators from across the United States.
In 2018, Dr. Blasko accepted the position of Director of Instrumental Studies and Visiting Professor of Music at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
Works for Winds
- ADG Fanfare (2015)
- Lenny's Dance (2016)
- Stormy Seas (2014)
- Victory Fanfare
- "Ben Blasko." Lipscomb University. Web Accessed 2 January 2019
- University of North Texas Concert Band concert program, 9 November 2016