Ben Waddell began taking guitar lessons at age 11 and began composing his own songs shortly thereafter. At age 13, with the help of his teacher, he recorded his first CD with 12 original songs. At 14, Ben began to build a small, home studio so that he could record his original music himself. Since his first CD, Ben has independently recorded more than 50 additional, original songs,
To further expand his musical experience, Ben twice participated in summer guitar camps (2008 & 2009) at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and he participated in both of PJ’s previous Rock Camps (2009 & 2010).
Ben’s varied musical experiences have broadened his appreciation of the technical arts of music and have motivated him to want to learn more about recording and studio techniques.
To pursue these interests, in 2011, Ben attended the two-week Performing Arts Technology Institute at the University of Michigan. And during the 2011-2012 academic year, while a senior at Houghton High School, Ben studied Music Theory at Michigan Tech. Ben has composed classical music, played in metal bands, and jammed folk performances, but his heart lies with indie rock and with his band, March of the Snails, for which he composes all of the original music.
Over the past year, March of the Snails has given over a dozen live performances, including at the 2011, region-wide, Reach for the S.K.Y. talent show (where they won first prize), at the 2011 region-wide Battle of the Bands (where they also won first prize), and at the Orpheum in Hancock. A seven-song March of the Snails EP is due for release in July. Ben’s shorter, solo, folk EP will also be released at that time.
Ben graduated from Houghton High School in May and this fall will begin a Bachelor of Science in Communication in Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis in Music Production & Recording Industry.