Ben began playing the trumpet at an early age and was first introduced to the music of Miles Davis by his father, inspiring his love of jazz. In 2002 he completed an Honours degree in performance and subsequently went on to complete a Masters of jazz composition in 2005. This study led to Ben’s first album in 2006 “Ben Marston’s 12 Tone Family” which received national radio play most notably on ABC classic fm’s premier jazz program ‘jazztracks’.
In 2006, Ben’s teaching experience and passion led to him being offered roles in the ANU pre tertiary jazz program and the Radford College music department. Ben’s success as an educator, both individually and for groups, was formalised in 2007 when he was made Convenor of the pre-tertiary jazz program at the ANU, and in 2008, Director of Bands at Radford College, roles that he continues to fulfill today.
Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Ben continues to perform and compose. Some highlights include performing with James Morrison and completing a two-year concert series at The Street Theatre, which was recorded by ABC jazztracks. These concerts featured original works for large and small jazz ensembles as well as the development of works involving electronic and digital manipulation, an area of creativity Ben continues to explore.
Ben’s current direction sees him exploring the world of sample infused improvisation. For this he couples his extensive trumpet skills with electronic effects and his knowledge of DAW software, particularly Ableton Live, to create an exciting new direction for his music.