Mr. Ben Strain is starting his first year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley Northwest. Mr. Strain served as Director of Bands at Blue Valley Middle School from 2007 – 2023. There, he managed ensembles in all three grade levels, and was elected middle school Master Teacher of the year in 2016. He was broadly involved as Assistant Director of the yearly musical and school play.
Prior to BVMS, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley High School from 1998 – 2006 where his duties included directing the drumline and frontline, conducting the Concert Band, and teaching music theory.
During his 26 years in Blue Valley, Mr. Strain has served as a band clinician, percussion judge for the Missouri State Activities Association’s Solo/Ensemble Festival, and board member of the John Philip Sousa Kansas Honor Band.
Mr. Strain holds degrees from the University of Nebraska (Music Education, 1997) and the University of Missouri, Kansas-City (Master of Arts, 2008)
Ben's proudest accomplishments are his children Cecilia, and Dominic and 23-year marriage to his wife Karen.