Dr. Benjamin Fraley (b. 1984) is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Troy University in Troy, AL. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Management from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. Dr. Fraley’s primary teachers have been Dr. John W. Parks IV, Allen Otte, Russell Burge, James Culley, Benjamin Toth, Alexander Lepak, and Craig McNutt.

A veteran of many musical genres and percussion disciplines, Dr. Fraley has performed and trained in Portugal, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Ghana, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, as well as the United States. He has been a frequent performer at PASIC, the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the American Bandmasters Association, the Percussion Festival at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, the National Flute Association Conference, the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest, the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, and MusicX, Grandin, Cincinnati Fringe, Make Music Nashville, Make Music New York, and Bang on a Can festivals.

During the summer, Dr. Fraley teaches percussion and jazz at the New England Music Camp at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts. He has held teaching positions at The Hartt School's Community Division, the College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Cincinnati Christian University, as well as graduate teaching assistantships at the College-Conservatory of Music and Florida State University. Dr. Fraley’s excellence in teaching was acknowledged in 2014 when he was nominated for the Florida State University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and was awarded the FSU College of Music Academic Leadership Award.

Dr. Fraley is an in demand composer especially for new works for percussion and chamber music. His music focuses on the exploration of found objects, experimental timbre, graphic scoring, and elements of performance art. Dr. Fraley is a member of BMI and his compositions are published through Tapspace Publications, LLC.

Dr. Fraley performs frequently with Dr. Jennifer Fraley as a member of the Sources Duo, a new music ensemble that brings new or rarely performed works to students and audiences.

Dr. Fraley is the principal percussionist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and section percussionist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams Drums and Percussion, Remo Drumheads and Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and Grover Pro Percussion. Dr. Fraley is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society and is a former chair of the University Committee (2013-2016).