Benjamin Shannon is making a serious indent into the Australian music scene as a percussionist, educator and composer. Hailing from Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Ben began lessons under the guidance of Luke Williams (Dead Letter Circus) at age 10. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Academic Excellence Jazz Drums) and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Music/English).
Ben has studied with world renowned percussionists Mark Guiliana, Dave Elitch, Jeff Friedl, Steve Judd, Joseph Arrington, Thomas Pridgen, Tim Firth, Andrew Gander, Simon Barker, John Parker and Paul Hudson.
Ben has performed alongside artists The Contortionist, sleepmakeswaves, Yitzhak Yedid, Katatonia, Caligula's Horse, Leprous, COG, Scott Tinkler, Robin Eubanks, James Morrison, The Black Sorrows, Troy Cassar-Daley, Tim Ruiz, Art Fristoe and Woody Witt to summarise an extensive list. Ben's last few years as a performer have been prolific, accruing over 500+ gigs in the last five years alone across all genres.
His current projects include: Kodiak Empire, Milton Man Gogh, Brisbane Conduction Ensemble, SHAMIN, Found in Trees, Safety Club, Soul Mechanics, Valtozash Bigband, Cowbird, Martin Kay’s Forage, Strangely Enough, JUNE CARTEL, The Douldie Men, Ben Shannon Trio, James McIntyre Trio.