Trombonist and music educator Benjamin Yates is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At UL Lafayette, Dr. Yates teaches lessons; coaches brass chamber music; conducts the trombone and tubaeuph ensembles; and performs with the Louisiana Brass Quintet. Previously, he taught applied low brass at Luther College (IA), Marian University (WI), and Silver Lake College (WI).
As a trombone clinician, Yates presented master classes throughout the U.S., Austria, Brazil, Japan, Dominican Republic, and the United Arab Emirates. Students of Benjamin Yates become successful professional musicians and music educators throughout the United States and the world.
Yates is a member of the Service Organization of Music Professors, which raises funds and collects donated instruments, music, and music equipment for music programs in disadvantaged communities.
Yates performs regularly with Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin area symphonies, bands and chamber ensembles including the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (LA), Acadian Wind Symphony (LA), and Chorale Acadienne (LA). He has performed with the Grammy Award winning Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Grammy nominated Bonsoir, Catin. As an active soloist, Yates performs and presents master classes and recitals at high schools, colleges, and universities around the United States.
Yates’ teachers include David Gier, Jonathan Allen, Elliot Chasanov, Michael Smith, Bard Mackey, and Roger Rocco.
Dr. Yates is a M&W Custom Trombones artist and a MADPipe trombone mouthpiece and lead pipe system artist.