05/26/15 03:45:pm
| Category: Alumni

On April 22 Mirman alumnus and Grammy award winner Ben Bram '95-'02 spoke to Ms. Butterfield's LEAP Entrepreneurism class about building a career in music, film, and TV.

US4 student Nick S. wanted to know if arranging comes easy to Ben, or if he had to work hard to develop his craft. Ben said that it is a mixture of both: "It helps to have a natural drive to succeed, but you can't do much with it unless you have the knowledge to back it up."

One of Ben's aspirations for the future is to move a capella into the mainstream. He made serious headway toward achieving this goal when he, co-arranger for the group Pentatonix, took home the Grammy award for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella early this year, for “Daft Punk” from the album PTX, Vol. 2. Forbes called the group’s win “a watershed moment for a cappella."

"It takes character, talent, and trust," was Ben's advice to our aspiring musicians and arrangers. "Trust your gut. Have good instincts and taste, and know how to use them."

Ben Bram is an arranger, music director, producer, and educator. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music with a degree in music industry and vocal jazz.

His film and TV credits include "The Sing-Off," "Pitch Perfect" (1 and 2), "Glee," "The Voice," and "Modern Family."