About Benjamin C.

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Benjamin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

BJ Comer Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.

BJ has performed with numerous ensembles and soloists including the Off-Monroe Players, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Music Maker's Big Band, Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra, Grupo Calle Uno, Fred Costello, Hector Tricoche, Frankie Ruiz, Jr., and Bob Greco. He is a current member and performer in the Rochester Brass Quintet, Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and locally based show band Nik and the Nice Guys. He also conducts the Pittsford Fire Department Band and the Greece Concert Band.

BJ is an experienced educator and private lesson instructor. He focuses on helping students develop individual goals and work towards them while growing in their understanding of the technical and artistic elements of their instrument.

Photos and Videos

BJ directing the award winning Pittsford Fire Department Band.

Experience

Conductor
Feb 2007 - Present
Pittsford Fire Department Band

BJ has conducted the award winning band for a decade. The group performs at dozens of local events annually, and recently recorded their 3rd album.

Owner
Jan 2006 - Present
Upbeat Music

Upbeat Music was founded in 2006 by Benjamin Comer in Rochester, NY with the purpose of providing quality musical instruction and performance to the greater Rochester area. Students receive individualized lessons in the comfort of their own homes, and are encouraged to provide input, feedback, and their own artistic flair into their personal musical education. Performers and band leaders can purchase custom arrangements and compositions tailored to their specific needs. Event hosts can book a wide range of musicians and ensembles with playlists, lighting, and sound designed to make your special event a unique success.

Conductor
Sep 2014 - Feb 2017
Greece Concert Band

The Greece Concert Band plays light classics, marches, pops, Broadway, and traditional band literature. The group is part of the Greece Performing Arts Society, which has been in existence for over 40 years.

Education

Bachelor Of Music
Sep 2001 - May 2005
Texas A&M University at Kingsville

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Parade Award
Nov 2015
Pittsford Fire Department Band
Outstanding Freshman
Apr 2002
Music Department- Texas A&M Kingsville
Eagle Scout
Mar 2001
Boy Scouts of America
Texas 4A All-State Band
Feb 2001
Texas Music Educators Association
John Philip Sousa Award
May 2000
Flour Bluff High School
Texas 4A All-State Band
Feb 2000
Texas Music Educators Association
Texas 4A All State Band
Feb 1999
Texas Music Educators Association

Affiliations

National Federation of Music Clubs
Jan 2007

Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.

Alpha Lambda Delta
May 2002

Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. (For a brief history of the Society, click here) We recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

Kappa Kappa Psi
Sep 2001

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

Boy Scouts of America
Sep 1993

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

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Jarod Mar 20, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
BJ was the key component to my early success as a musician, and one of my biggest inspirations to earn how to play. BJ is both remarkable player and teacher, and the combination makes for a fantastic learning experience. Thanks to BJ, I was able to achieve my goals in making honors ensembles at the county, region, state, and national level. He gave a me an incredible musical foundation that gained attention from teachers at the Eastman School of Music, where I am now finishing my sophomore year. I owe the world to BJ, and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Christian D. Feb 26, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
I have been playing with BJ for a number of years now. He is reliable and fun to play with. Being a woodwind specialist, I often ask him for suggestions on brass instruments and he has always extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
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