Benjamin Garcia joined Mountainside Music Academy in 2022 as a freelance trombonist and bass trombonist based in Lakewood, Colorado. He performs regularly across the front range with ensembles such as the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra of Denver, and also specializes in performance psychology. Ben completed music studies at the University of Colorado Boulder as a graduate of the Evans Scholarship program. A Colorado native, he was on fellowship with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and was acting principal trombone for the Denver Philharmonic Tour of China in 2016. After Boulder he studied bass trombone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. During that time he was a semi-finalist in for the 2021 Southeast Trombone Symposium Orchestral Excerpts competition. In addition to performance, Ben is a regular brass coach at over half a dozen schools across the front range from elementary to high school, also acting as a guest teacher in Jefferson County and a golf instructor at Applewood Golf Course. His principal music teachers are Dr. Denson Paul Pollard, Dr. William Stanley, and Paul Naslund. When not teaching or performing, he enjoys golf, chess, and fly-fishing.