Benjamin Finley currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Percussion. Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, Benjamin holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, University of Central Arkansas, and Arkansas Tech University. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he served on the faculty of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In addition, Benjamin was the director of the marching percussion program at the University of Texas from 2003 to 2005. As a concert artist, Benjamin is active in the creation and performance of new music for marimba and percussion, and in the presentation of solo concerts throughout the Midwest. He was a national winner of the Music Teachers’ National Association Collegiate Auditions, and has performed at The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the TMEA Annual Convention, and conferences of the College Music Society and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. As an adjudicator/clinician/arranger, Benjamin works with numerous school throughout the country, and has given clinics in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, Florida, and Missouri. He also serves as the arranger for the ECU Pride of Tigerland marching band. As a composer, Dr. Finley is published by Tap Space Publications (www.tapspace.com). His compositions have been performed on 5 continents.