Benjamin A. Charles is a member of the Florida Atlantic University percussion faculty, where his duties include teaching private lessons and the Concert Percussion Ensemble. A versatile performer Mr. Charles' experience spans through many musical genres, including avant-garde solo percussion works, orchestral percussion, chamber music, Indonesian gamelan, and percussion ensemble. He was featured as a showcase performer at the 2009 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). He was also featured at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as a concerto soloist, performing Russell Peck’s triple percussion concerto, The Glory and the Grandeur, with his own percussion trio.
Mr. Charles holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois. His principal teachers include Donald Bick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Poovalur Sriji, William Moersch, Ricardo Flores, Set Stoyanov, and Matt Strauss.
Mr. Charles is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He is an artist/endorser for Remo drumhead and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets..