Ben is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator whose musical approach is dynamic and improvisatory. With a background rooted in classical, jazz, and folk traditions, his music offers a fusion of traditional and modern elements. Primarily a performer, Ben composes and arranges music for a variety of musical settings.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ben Weldy began his musical training at age 7 with piano lessons in which he was encouraged to improvise freely. He took up both French Horn and guitar at age 11, began composing at 14, and played his first professional gig a year later. He was soon performing as principal Horn in various orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and a member of the Bravura Wind Ensemble. Ben led a variety of chamber groups and created a French Horn quartet that performed both original and standard repertoire. As a self-taught guitarist, his adolescence also consisted of leading jazz rhythm sections, performing with various bands, rock/jazz fusion projects and - above all - satisfying his appetite for improvised performance.
Ben studied French Horn Performance and Music Composition at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he was a Music Performance major as a guitarist. While at Berklee, he was inspired by the legendary (late) John McGann to add the mandolin to his instrumental skills. In addition to guitar and mandolin, Ben plays a 10-string fan-fret mandola, and a unique Scandinavian influenced instrument called a Skandola.
Today Ben performs regularly throughout Texas and beyond as a solo artist and with various jazz, folk/traditional, Celtic, and other music groups. He performs weekly across DFW, teaches private lessons and has been a music clinician for various North Texas school districts. A versatile artist, collaborator, composer and arranger, Ben's creativity is centered upon emphasizing 'play' in music.