Ben Snyder is currently a junior Music Business and Technology major studying at The Tell School of Music, Millersville University. Ben has been playing percussion for 8 years and has been performing professionally in the area for 4 years. Aside from his classes, Ben serves as the student president for Millersville University Percussion Ensembles (MUPE) and principal percussionist for the university wind ensemble and orchestra. He also gives back to his community by teaching private lessons in his hometown of Camp Hill, and instructs the drumline at Lancaster Catholic High School. In his free time, Ben restores and builds percussion instruments and equipment. Because of his infatuation with all things percussion, Ben decided to do a research project based around the equipment used by a modern drummer in the New York jazz scene. Ben hopes to apply his findings to his own work when looking for the right gear to use with his own jazz drumset playing. Ben hopes to continue his hobby of restoring drums while also performing and gigging after college. Careerwise, Ben is working towards becoming a front-of-house sound technician for a theatre or concert hall venue. He is currently working towards this goal by doing live sound and lighting for The Ware Center, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), and 3West Productions.