Ben Otieno began his solo trumpet debut at the age of seven years old and has since been well received as both a versatile performer and instructor. While attending the University of Georgia, Otieno studied trumpet performance under the instruction of the world’s most notable orchestral trumpet player, Philip Smith. During his time at the University of Georgia, Ben studied and performed in master classes for artist such as Chris Gekker, Dr. Brandon Craswell, Judith Saxton and Michael Tiscione.
Noteworthy performances include performing the prestigious North American Brass Band Association Championship in 2016 under the direction of Phillip Smith. Otieno has also shared the stage with commercial leading artists ranging from Freak Bass, Steve Molitz, Rossevelt Collier, Jason Haan, and DJ Logic. Mr. Otieno has also performed at Suwanee Hulaween Festival, Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour, Sweetwater 420 Festival 2017 and 2018, and Denver’s Upslope Get Down Festival.
During the 2013-2014 season, Otieno was privileged to be announced winner of the Albert F. Ligotti Trumpet Award. In 2015, Otieno was accepted as a scholarship recipient to the Easter Music Festival where he performed as assistant principle under world-class conductor Gerard Schwartz. In 2016, Otieno advanced as a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition.
In 2012 and 2014, Ben travelled to Kenya to lead a trumpet specific service-learning and teaching program through the Kenya Project. In 2016, Otieno traveled to Panama, via the David School of the Arts, to conduct trumpet master classes, teach private lessons, perform, and donate instruments to the community.
Ben Otieno has been professionally teaching trumpet in the Atlanta area since 2016 where he specializes in teaching trumpet to all age groups.