Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Dr. Benjamin Druffel

Meet MSUM’s new director of bands and instrumental music education, Dr. Benjamin Druffel. He is ready to conduct the MSUM wind ensemble and teach courses in music education.

Q: What drew you to MSUM?

A: I’m originally from southern Minnesota. Before this I was in Texas and before that I was in Illinois so one of the big draws was the opportunity to come back to my roots in Minnesota.

Q: What’s your favorite part about MSUM so far?

A: Everyone that I have worked with so far have been super friendly and welcoming.

Q: What is your go to productivity trick?

A: Music. I know that sounds cliché coming from a music professor. There’s always music playing in my office. In the afternoon when the energy starts to get low I focus on the music to give me a boost of energy and keep me going.

Q: What’s one thing you’re learning right now and why is it important?

A: With every school that I teach at, I’ve learned that it’s important to get to know the other public school music educators in the area. So, right now I’m working on a list of local music teachers I can get to know for a couple of reasons. One is so I can be of service to them and help them out; the other is that it is a good recruitment resource. It’s important to be friendly and supportive of the larger musical community.

Q: If you could trade places for a day with anyone who would you choose?

A: The person I would trade places with for a day is named Osmo Vanska. He is the conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. I’d get the opportunity to be with some of the world’s greatest musicians for a day.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily, Benjamin.

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