Benjamin Polk

Benjamin Polk

Real Name:
Benjamin F. Polk
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Benjamin Polk is the bass trombonist of the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Greenbush, Maine, he began his career in the Air Force in 2013.

Polk earned his Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2008, Master of Music from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and Bachelor of Music from James Madison University in 2002. His teachers include Jan Kagarice, Vern Kagarice, Tony Baker, Tom Ashworth, John Tranter, Andy Lankford, and Jeannie Little. While at UNT, he was a teaching fellow and performed with the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band for three years, touring across the United States and performing at various jazz festivals throughout Europe. He can be heard on four compact discs with the One O'Clock Lab Band. He also performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony and was a founding member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Polk was the bass trombonist in the UNT Teaching Fellow Trombone Quartet in 2007 when they won the trombone quartet competitions at both the International Trombone Festival and the Eastern Trombone Workshop. In 2010, he was named winner of the Marjorie Strickland Young Emerging Artist Competition in the Young Adult Division with his performance of Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Bass Trombone. Polk is also an alumnus of the 2001 Disney Collegiate All-Star Band.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Polk served as an adjunct instructor of music at both Western Kentucky University and Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College. He also freelanced in Nashville, Tenn., and has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and the Duffy Jackson Big Band.
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Benjamin Polk Discography Tracks

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LA0601-NS University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band* Directed By Neil Slater University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band* Directed By Neil Slater - Lab 2006(CD) North Texas Jazz LA0601-NS US 2006 Sell This Version
LA0701-NS University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band*, Neil Slater University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band*, Neil Slater - Lab 2007(Hybrid, DualDisc) North Texas Jazz LA0701-NS US 2007 Sell This Version
LI0702-NS University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band* University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band* - Live At Blues Alley(2xCD, Album) North Texas Jazz LI0702-NS US 2007 Sell This Version
LA0801-NS One O'Clock Lab Band* One O'Clock Lab Band* - Lab 2008(CD, Album) North Texas Jazz LA0801-NS US 2008 Sell This Version
VICP-75141 Bobby Caldwell Bobby Caldwell - After Dark(CD, Album) Victor VICP-75141 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
none Airmen Of Note* Airmen Of Note* - Airmen Of Note(12xFile, MP3, Album, 160) The United States Air Force Band none US 2016
102602 Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra Featuring Chris Potter (2) Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra Featuring Chris Potter (2) - Vital Frequencies(CD) Bonecat 102602 US 2016 Sell This Version