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Ben Firkus graduated from Irondale High School in 2001 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in Music Education. While attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ben was a member of several ensembles, including the Jazz band, which performed several times with the Minnesota Orchestra. He was also a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps from 2001-2004, where he marched soprano bugle for 3 years and was the Drum Major his final year. Ben taught the Irondale High School Marching Band as well as their Winter Drumline from 2001-2006. In 2005 he was on staff with the Carolina Crown, and then joined the Phantom Regiment Staff in 2006. Ben currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD where he is the Asst. Band Director at Roosevelt High School and works with Groove, Inc., an independant competitive drumline.