Ben Thessen
Hometown:  Indianola, Iowa
Major:  Bachelor of Music in Education (Instrumental); jazz studies
Hobbies:  Composing and arranging, playing video games, reading, biking, rock climbing, and not having a lot of free time
Career Goals:  Teaching music at the high school level; eventually earning my doctorate and teaching collegiate level music
Favorite Trumpet Players:  Chet Barker, Doc Severinsen, Blue Mitchell, Roy Hargrove & Brandon Ridenour. (This is a hard question)
Favorite Trumpet Recordings:  Georgia on My Mind (Severinsen) and Brahms: Sonatensatz (Ridenour)
Favorite Food:  Doughnuts
Favorite Book: Absolutely on Music (Haruki Murakami)
Strangest Fact About Me: I am horribly afraid of spiders
Coolest/Oddest Musical Experience:  Marching DCI with River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps and getting to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium - The whole experience was nothing short of life-changing!