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Benjamin Herrington

Guest Musician

Benjamin Herrington is a founding member of Meridian Arts Ensemble. This brass and percussion group has performed thousands of concerts throughout 16 countries, recorded 14 CDs and over the past 27 years, has received awards and accolades too numerous to mention. Along side his career with Meridian, Herrington has established himself as one of New York’s leading trombonists. He has performed with many of New York’s finest ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Opera, New York City Opera, and many others. As a prolific champion of contemporary music, Herrington has premiered and recorded dozens of new works from composers representing every continent. He regularly performs with such notables as Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Manhattan Sinfonietta, New Millennium Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Sospeso Ensemble, Sequitur, Continuum!, and New York New Music Ensemble. Not surprising, his penchant for brass chamber music has led to collaborations with prominent brass groups. American, New York, Wisconsin, Manhattan, Eastern and Saturday Brass Quintets are among the many. He is also a fixture in New York’s downtown scene where jazz and experimental improvisation abound. Regular appearances with big bands like Pittsburg Collective, Mosaic, and the Tom Pierson Ensemble as well as experimental groups Tilt, Flex Orchestra, Da Da Da and the avant-rock powerhouse Dr. Nerve, demonstrate the versatility that has been the hallmark of Herrington’s career. Born in Mississippi to a family of music teachers, he graduated in 1986 with performance honors from New England Conservatory, studying with John Swallow. He then completed his graduate studies at Juilliard in 1990 under the tutelage of Per Brevig. Throughout his career, Herrington has shared his experience and enthusiasm as a teacher for various institutions including East Carolina University (NC), Arnhem Conservatory (Holland), Lucy Moses School (NY), Ridgewood Conservatory (NJ), and the Juilliard MAP Program. He now teaches trombone at Princeton and Columbia Universities and as a member of Meridian Arts Ensemble, presents seminars and masterclasses at music schools and festivals worldwide. His recording credits include works on Channel Classics, 8bells, BMG, CRI, Koch, New World Records, Barking Pumpkin, Musical Heritage Society, Summit and many others. Over the years, Herrington has performed extended Broadway runs of musicals Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof and Chorus Line, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and can currently be heard nightly performing in the hit Broadway musical On the 20th Century.