Benjamin James Druffel


Benjamin DruffelBenjamin James Druffel is currently Visiting Professor of Music and Director of Bands at McMurry University. His teaching responsibilities include the Wind Ensemble, Warhawk Marching Band, Conducting, and other courses in Instrumental Music Education. Prior to his appointment at McMurry, Druffel was Assistant Director of Bands at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Under his leadership, enrollment in the EIU Panther Marching Band increased by 25% over a period of just three years.  

 

Druffel earned a DMA in Wind Band Conducting from at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. As a Wind Conducting Associate, Druffel studied conducting with Dr. Kraig Alan Williams and regularly guest conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Concert Band. His duties also included serving as an instrumental instructor with the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights and leading performances of the Pep Band. In January of 2014, Druffel was part of the instructional staff that prepared the marching band for a pre-game performance at Superbowl XLVIII.

 

Druffel began his career abroad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates teaching music at an American/International school. Over his six-year tenure his duties were varied from elementary general music to high school band to the International Baccalaureate Diploma music curriculum. A special benefit of this experience was the opportunity to work with a truly international student body including a high school concert band with representatives from six continents. 

 

Druffel enjoys conducting and performing with ensembles of all types. In Dubai, he played French Horn with the Dubai Chamber Orchestra and Dubai Wind Band before becoming conductor of both ensembles. Druffel has also conducted and performed with ensembles in Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE.

Druffel is a member of the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA).