Benjamin Boone (b. 1963, Statesville, N.C.) is an American educator, scholar, composer, and saxophonist.
Dr. Boone, related to Daniel Boone, is the youngest of five sons of a traveling glue salesman/furniture-manufacturing trouble-shooter and a homemaker and teacher. His music career began in grade-school when he wrote music for his puppet shows (including the hit My Name is Cookie Monster penned at age 9). He received his undergraduate degree in saxophone and theory, masters and doctorate in music composition. He was a Fulbright "Senior Specialist Scholar" to the Republic of Moldova.
Dr Boone teaches theory and composition at California State University, Fresno, where he is also the "Faculty Service-Learning Mentor"and has received numerous faculty honors including the "President's Award of Excellence" and the "Provost's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities". Prior to his appointment at Fresno State, Boone taught at the University of Tennessee, where he received the “Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.”
He has played sax all over the U.S.A. and Europe, and has recorded rhinoceros vocalizations in Zimbabwe and Zambia with a noted biologist; researched the pitch relationships of spoken American English.
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