Ben Reimer

  • Performer (drum set)

At the age of 11, Ben Reimer became captivated by drumset and the music that showcased this instrument. The sounds of drummers like Neil Peart, Stewart Copland and Dave Grohl fueled his desire to master the instrument. In 1996 Ben chose to set aside drumset and study classical percussion at McGill University. He went on to graduate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2001 with a Masters in Music. Returning home to Winnipeg, Ben became the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University while playing regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Currently residing in Montréal, Ben is the first percussionist to pursue a Doctorate in contemporary drumset performance. His main focus of research and performance is to demonstrate how the drumset, traditionally an improvised instrument, has recently emerged as a solo instrument with prescribed notation. In March 2012, Ben was a soloist for the Triple Concerto for Power Trio and Orchestra by Nicole Lizée, premiered with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He is featured on the Centredisc CDs This Will Not Be Televised featuring works by Nicole Lizée and Pinnacles featuring works by Diana McIntosh. Ben Reimer is Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth Education/Performing Artist.