Nathaniel Scribner Middle School –New Albany
Saturday, March 2
Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras
Ben Yoder – Orchestra Clinician
Ben Yoder is the Director of Orchestras at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Junior High in
Fishers, Indiana where during the past ten years the orchestra program has rapidly expanded
under his musical direction. His orchestras consistently receive superior rankings and earn top
honors at music festivals in Indiana and beyond. The Hamilton Southeastern orchestras have
performed at the Indiana Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference
three times, as well as at the American String Teachers Association Conference. Before
teaching at Hamilton Southeastern, Ben taught orchestra in Goshen, Indiana.
Ben is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor and frequently travels to listen
to and work with student musicians all across the country. Most recently, he conducted the
2018 West Tennessee Junior High Honors Orchestra in Memphis and was an adjudicator and
clinician for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s String Evaluation Festival. Ben is
also active in the American String Teachers Association, Indiana State Teachers Association and
National Education Association.
A native of Goshen, Indiana, Ben is a 2007 graduate of Ball State University, where he received
his B.S. in Music Education and Violin Performance. He continues to “pay it forward” by
mentoring student teachers and speaking to college music students across Indiana about what
it means to be a music teacher. He makes his home in Fishers, Indiana.
A native of northern Colorado (Loveland), Cody Jackson earned his BME in K-12 Instrumental
Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO) in 2012.
During his time at UNC, he traveled to Romania with Jazz Lab I and Maryland with the UNC Trombone
Choir. This is Mr. Jackson’s 7th year in music education overall. Mr. Jackson’s most recent appoints were
at The Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school in Colorado Springs, CO the past four years as well as
Lesher Middle School and Kinard Middle School congruently in Fort Collins, CO the years previous.
During Mr. Jackson’s time the last four years at The Classical Academy, he taught and assisted in
all areas of the band program including concert band, jazz band and marching band, but primarily
focused on junior high band. The last two years, Mr. Jackson has been the music arranger for the Titan
Marching Band and enjoys arranging on the side. During his time at TCA, all bands have received
consistent superior ratings at festivals, 8th grade bands have been selected and performed at CMEA
(Colorado Music Educators Association) twice, has had increased representation in honor bands and the
marching band has been back-to-back state champions in 2A the last two years.
While in Colorado, Cody was an active trombonist and bass trombonist in the Colorado Springs
area. He played principal trombone with the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, a semi-professional
concert in the area under the baton of Ken Soper. Also, he played bass trombone with the Academy Jazz
Ensemble, an ensemble that exists to promote jazz education and is made up of local area music
Currently, Cody is in pursuit of a Masters in Music Education degree from Ball State University in
Muncie, IN. He currently holds a full-time graduate assistantship with the music education department,
helping out in all areas of music education at Ball State. His dad is a proud alumni! Mr. Jackson is
currently a member of NBA, CBA and NAfME.