• Benjamin Nadler
    Benjamin Nadler
    Community Arts Manager
Benjamin Nadler
Community Arts Manager

Ben was born and raised in Ames, Iowa then relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2013 upon completion of his double major double minor at the University of Iowa.  In New York City, Ben works as a Performer and Operations Manager for Gallant Entertainment Inc. (GEI) and is the Percussion Director for The Brooklyn Steppers.

As a performer for GEI, Ben has performed at multiple high-profile events including Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2016 U.S. Open, and he has played for four seasons with the Giants and Knicks Drumlines. As Percussion Director for the Steppers, Ben is spearheading the reestablishment of the BKSteppers Drumline and collaborates annually with Spike Lee for Spike’s “Prince Born Day” block party honoring the life of Prince.

  • Anthony Rivera
    Anthony Rivera
    Youth Brass Ensemble Director
Anthony Rivera
Youth Brass Ensemble Director

Anthony Rivera serves as music director and conductor of the Santa Clara University Wind Ensemble. His academic responsibilities include teaching applied saxophone, music theory, music appreciation, and upper division music history courses. Prior to joining the faculty at SCU, Rivera earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of Maryland, where he studied with Michael Votta and James Ross. At UMD he served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Conductor of the Repertoire Orchestra, and was guest conductor of the new music ensemble, TEMPO. In addition to conducting, he was instructor of Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy for music education majors.

An active guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Rivera has worked with the United States Coast Guard Band, guest conductor for the Providence College Honor Band, guest lecturer for the Maryland Music Educators Association. For ten years, he performed with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and served on the artistic committee and as conducting fellow. In 2016, Dr. Rivera presented Armand Russell’s Theme and Fantasia at the Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference with the US Coast Guard Band. He conducted a semi-staged production of his arrangement of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for wind instruments and vocal soloists with the UMD Wind Orchestra and Opera Studio. In 2018, Dr. Rivera was selected to present a session on Chamber Music at the Western/Northwestern division of the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Rivera taught instrumental music for the Baltimore County Public Schools and San Jose Unified School District. In 2012, Dr. Rivera was awarded Teacher of the Year from the Essex Chamber of Commerce and received citations for teaching excellence from the Maryland Senate and House of Representatives for creating a vibrant music program at Eastern Technical High School.

Dr. Rivera holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida.

  • Peter Nguyen
    Peter Nguyen
    Youth Percussion Ensemble Instructor
Peter Nguyen
Youth Percussion Ensemble Instructor
  • Chris Swan
    Chris Swan
    Youth Percussion Ensemble Instructor
Chris Swan
Youth Percussion Ensemble Instructor

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