Benjamin Lorenzo serves as visiting assistant professor of bands. His responsibilities include conducting the symphonic band, teaching undergraduate conducting, and assisting with the Goin' Band from Raiderland.
Prior to this appointment, professor Lorenzo served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, and he is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting there. Raised in Miami, he received the Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from Florida International University and the Master of Music in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Notable guest-conducting engagements during the 2010-2011 season included the West Point Band, as part of the "Great American Works" concert and conducting workshop; serving as an assistant conductor for the Latin American Wind Orchestra; and conducting the Municipal Band of Manizales at the 16th Annual Yamaha International Music Conference in Manizales, Colombia. Future engagements include additional concerts in Colombia and Costa Rica.
As a trombonist, professor Lorenzo has performed with collegiate and professional ensembles of all styles throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition, he has designed drills and arranged music for high school and college marching bands throughout the country. Before beginning graduate study, he taught in the public schools of Florida and Texas, where bands under his direction earned superior ratings and received numerous awards for their performances in Florida, Texas and Missouri.
Professional memberships include College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Conductors Guild.