Monica Benson is a multifaceted artist and music educator. Her love for music and teaching has led her to be a sought-after performer and educator. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Monica moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University where she earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music. As a performer, Monica has played with numerous groups including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Ides of March, the Chicago Brass Band and indie rock group The Generationals. Her versatility as a performer has led to her ongoing residency as the official Bugler at the Arlington International Racecourse since 2014.
In 2018 her various passions within music inspired her to commission a new work for unaccompanied trumpet entitled “Out of the Gates” by composer Jim Stephenson. Due to her experience as a freelancer and educator, she was an invited guest speaker and lecturer at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2019.
As an educator, Monica believes that each student is brilliant and unique in their own way. This approach focuses on cultivating not only good musicians but also good people. She prioritizes the specific needs of the student and creates tailored lesson plans to help them cultivate a love for music and accountability to their goals. Currently, Monica teaches at the Merit School of Music, Lincoln Park High School, Lockport Township High School and the DePaul Community Music School. In the future, Monica hopes to teach trumpet and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level.
Matthew Toffoletto – immovable beings
Max Johnson – I Have Heard The Chimes At Midnight
Christopher Kaminski – Screw That