Benjamin Faugstad (b. 1984) is in his tenth year of teaching music, with this as his third year at Bethany Lutheran College, where he directs the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, B-Town Drumline, and Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the ensembles, he also teaches Introduction to Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, Jazz Improvisation and leads several individual conducting and percussion lessons.
Faugstad was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. He attended the K-8 Scarville Lutheran School, then Alden-Conger High School, followed by earning a bachelor of arts in music and religious studies minor from Bethany Lutheran College in 2007. After receiving his licensure degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato, (MSU) he taught all instrumental ensembles at Lake Mills Community School from 2010-2017, and recently completed his graduate degree from MSU in 2018.
Last year, Faugstad started the Blue River Combo and actively performs on drum set in the jazz combo.
He has arranged a number of selections for concert band, pep band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and piano, with several works published with Veritas Musica Publishing. Faugstad lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with his wife, Ashley, two daughters, Noelle and Julia, and two sons, Gideon and Solomon.