At Heriz Music: Burlingame, 94010
Ben Villa is a trumpet player from the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently enrolled at Skyline College, Ben studies under the direction of Dr. Zachary Bruno, DMA, director of bands, and Dr. Jude Navari, theory and choral director. Ben holds the principal chair in the Concert Band, 2nd and soloist in the Jazz Band, and is the founding trumpet player in the Skyline College Jazz Quintet, a group of music students personally selected by Dr. Bruno. In addition, Ben has played lead trumpet in the pit orchestra for Skyline’s 2012 musical “Cabaret” and 2013 musical “Guys and Dolls.” In the fall of 2014, Ben intends to transfer to San Francisco State University, where he will major and pursue a degree in Music Education. Aside from school, Ben has privately tutored trumpet students and has provided services to school music programs in San Mateo County. Along with teaching, Ben enjoys performing around the peninsula at various venues with his jazz combo, The Kompressors, a group which he arranges and composes original music for. Ben has recorded an album with The Kompressors, and has been invited to perform at the 2013 San Jose Jazz Festival.