a modern performer and educator
Ben Vasko is a tuba player, private lesson teacher, and marching band instructor in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a brass instructor with the 19-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Ben has worked with the Boston College Marching Band, University of Georgia Redcoat Band, the Santa Clara Vanguard, Dobyns-Bennett HS from Tennessee, and Round Rock HS, Vista Ridge HS, and Marcus HS from Texas. He marched with the Blue Knights in 2011 and with the Blue Devils from 2013-2015, during which he was the DCI Performer's Showcase Champion for Solo Tuba in 2014 and 2015. Ben has been a semi finalist at the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Tuba Competition and Solo Artist Competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, as well as in the Solo Artist category at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Most recently he placed 3rd in the Tuba Artist division of the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition at the International Women's Brass Conference in Tempe, AZ.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia, both in Tuba Performance. His primary teachers have been Sam Pilafian, Charles Villarrubia, and David Zerkel. Ben is currently in his doctoral studies at Boston University under BSO tubist Mike Roylance.
Ben has performed professionally with groups including the Juarez Symphony Orchestra in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Symphony Augusta, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, and various regional orchestras in New England. His jazz and commercial playing are regularly in demand, having been heard with the Urban Achievers Brass Band, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orkestra, FunkCake, and other various groups and combos in the different areas he has lived. His playing/arranging can be heard in commercials for companies like Ford and State Farm. Additionally, he has been a finalist for the tuba positions in the Walt Disney World Main Street Philharmonic and the Boston Brass.