Ben Pouncey graduated Magna Cum Laude in December of 2012 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Education. While attending the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the USC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Weiss where he was a participant in the 2012 National Concert Tour in China as well as the 2011 recording project for the internationally acclaimed classical records label NAXOS, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein.
An alumnus of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Ben served as the corps’ drum major from 2009 to 2011 after having been a member of the trumpet section in 2007 and 2008. The Cadets are 10-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champions, having won their most recent title in 2011. Ben was also the recipient of the 2011 DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award, given each year to one drum major from both the World and Open Class. Ben has served as a member of The Cadets’ instructional staff and has been a clinician for the DCI Drum Major Leadership Seminar held each year for DCI drum majors from across the country. Ben has also been a part of the University of South Carolina Drum Major Clinic, the Western Carolina Summer Symposium Drum Major Track, and the Music for All Drum Major Institute; during which, student leaders from band programs across the country attended to receive instruction, guidance, and training for their leadership roles within the band program.
A native of Columbia, SC, Ben Pouncey was a band director at DuBose Middle School and an assistant to the Summerville High School Band from 2013 to 2018 before coming to Ashley Ridge High School. Ben holds professional affiliations with the National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the South Carolina Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA), the South Carolina Band Directors’ Association (SCBDA), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.