Gregory Benson is in his third year as Director of Bands at Pickerington High School North in the Pickerington Local School District in Pickerington, Ohio. At PHSN, he is responsible for overseeing the Band program 6th-12th grade, and directs the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band I, and Jazz Ensemble, in addition to teaching beginning woodwind classes. Mr. Benson is in his ninth year of teaching and directing bands in Ohio, as his ensembles consistently earn the highest ratings at local and national adjudicated events. In 2019, the PHSN Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Capital University Band Festival, collaborating with guest composer John Mackey.
Prior to teaching in Pickerington, Mr. Benson served as Assistant Director of Bands at Grove City High School in Grove City, Ohio for four years, and as Director of Band at Gallia Academy High School & Middle School in Gallipolis, Ohio for two years. Additionally, Mr. Benson served as Associate Conductor of the Grove City Community Winds, alongside conductor and world-renown composer James Swearingen, from 2015-2018. Mr. Benson holds membership in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA).
Mr. Benson earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio in 2012, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Music Education degree at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Benson served as a Conductor for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, performing as part of the summer of “Juliet”, and in 2012 served as an Assistant Tour Director for the Corps.
Mr. Benson remains active as a musician, playing alto saxophone in the Cardinal Saxophone Quartet, a semi-professional saxophone quartet made up of Central Ohio music educators. In his free time, he enjoys connecting with friends and family, fellowship with his church community, and boating on local lakes in Ohio.
Mr. Benson is indebted to the Phantom Regiment for the impact it has had on his life and his career, and is grateful to be able to serve this organization in giving back through their educational programs. Mr. Benson currently resides in Pickerington, Ohio.