Ben Firkus - Visual Instruction

Ben Firkus, from Minneapolis, MN is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he received his Bachelors of Music Education. In 2015 he earned his Masters of Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. He is an alumnus of Irondale High School and after graduation was a visual tech from 2001-2005 & music caption head from 2013-2015. Ben marched Soprano in the Madison Scouts and was the Drum Major in 2004. From 2005-2012 he was fortunate to be on the visual staffs for the Carolina Crown (05, 10, 11), Phantom Regiment (06-09), and as the Asst. Visual Caption Head with the Madison Scouts (2012). He also served as the Visual Caption Supervisor for Minnesota’s first Junior Corps in over 30 years, River City Rhythm its first two years 2015 & 2016. Ben began his public school teaching career at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD and then moved to North Branch High School in North Branch, MN.  

Ben enjoys serving as a judge for fall marching competitions across the Midwest.  In the winter he judges for the Minnesota Percussion Association, Heartland Winter Arts Association, and American Drum Line Association.

When not “doing band,” Ben works as the VP of Systems & Operations at his family’s company based out of Minneapolis, MN. He resides in Maple Grove, MN with his beautiful wife, 2 kids, and 2 dogs!
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