Ben Appel is new to the jazz idiom, studying with Bill Street at the University of Southern Maine. After pursuing Music Education for 2 1/2 years, Ben made the switch to Music Performance and has not looked back. Quickly picking up the clarinet to add the to the arsenal of reeds, Ben plays all the single reeds, soprano, alto, tenor, bari, and clarinet. He is always on the search for new music and new perspectives on music and life. Based in Portland, ME, Ben is the saxophone instructor for the Maine School of Music.