Benje Daneman (@benjedaneman) — Jazz Trumpeter. Composer. Educator.
New album LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS out now!
Co-director @jazzandcreative 
It's been about 10 years since I last played a C trumpet and a serious "classica
It's been about 10 years since I last played a C trumpet and a serious "classical" gig. It's been a blast (and a challenge) the past week getting those chops back in shape to play the classic "Carnival of the Animals" with the @kalamazoosymphony Brass Quintet for some of their educational outreach concerts! #ctrumpet#classicaltrumpet#carnivaloftheanimals#saintsaens#brassquintet#kalamazoosymphonyorchestra#doubletongue#ouch
06.05.2019 18:06:16
Another successful Kalamazoo Trumpet Summit in the books at @theunioncabaret las
Another successful Kalamazoo Trumpet Summit in the books at @theunioncabaret last night. Honored to share the stage with @alpopemusic and Scott Cowan, and with a swinging (and adventurous) rhythm section, Rufus Ferguson, Andy Peck and @keithhallmusic. Fun night of great music making and trumpet love! #trumpet#jazztrumpet#trumpetsummit#kalamazoojazz
03.05.2019 12:13:10
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This is going to be intense. Be there Thursday, Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Trumpet Sum
This is going to be intense. Be there Thursday, Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Trumpet Summit II w/ @alpopemusic and Scott Cowan. Joined by Rufus Ferguson (pno), Andy Peck (bs) & @keithhallmusic (dms). #livemusic#livejazz#jazztrumpet#trumpetsummit#trumpet#kalamazoomusic
30.04.2019 00:28:19
When in Rome (Grand Rapids) drink as the Romans (Grand Rapidians) do. 
#madcap #
When in Rome (Grand Rapids) drink as the Romans (Grand Rapidians) do. #madcap#madcapcoffee#coffee#grandrapids
26.04.2019 17:33:50
Here. We. Go.
#ENDGAME
Here. We. Go. #ENDGAME...more
25.04.2019 23:59:37
Attempting normal today... #beerandnachos #bellsbeer #fridayfunday
19.04.2019 22:34:22
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Powerful morning at YWCA for their Men's Breakfast for #sexualassaultawarenessmo
Powerful morning at YWCA for their Men's Breakfast for #sexualassaultawarenessmonth with over 120 men from the #Kalamazoo region in one room in support of this important topic. I'll be the first to say, I sometimes don't know what to say or do to help or make a difference, I'm often afraid to say or do the wrong thing. But I will say, for those of you who are victims of #sexualassault know that I stand with you, believe you and am here for you in whatever way I can be. Awareness is the first step. Our culture needs to change. @ywcakalamazoo is doing amazing things in our community - they can help. #ywca#sexualassaultawareness#sexualabuse
18.04.2019 13:03:41
Attempting to learn how to not be in a hurry in a world that tells me I should b
Attempting to learn how to not be in a hurry in a world that tells me I should be. #coffee
06.04.2019 23:30:20
Opening day at @tigers w/ a stop at @lafayetteconeyisland. Double win (in the tu
Opening day at @tigers w/ a stop at @lafayetteconeyisland. Double win (in the tummy and on the field). #gotigers#openingday
04.04.2019 22:27:04
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This is where "jazz" lives. Hanging out and presenting at @vicksburgarts today a
This is where "jazz" lives. Hanging out and presenting at @vicksburgarts today as a part of their Arts Exploration Lab. #oldbuilding#vicksburg#jazzeducation#historicbuilding#artseducation#jazzhome
28.03.2019 12:58:38
Who needs to celebrate #OberonDay when you can celebrate the day AFTER Oberon Da
Who needs to celebrate #OberonDay when you can celebrate the day AFTER Oberon Day... at night... alone... that is all. #funtimes#alwaysjustalittlebehind#atleastihaveanorange#bellsbeer#beer#kalamazoo
27.03.2019 01:23:38
I haven't written much music lately. I've been really busy with lots of differen
I haven't written much music lately. I've been really busy with lots of different things. Writing music is a way for me to understand myself better. I should probably write more music soon. After an exhaustingly long day yesterday, @ashleydaneman caught me taking a moment at the piano exploring my inner "place". I post this only to encourage myself to go back in again soon.
22.03.2019 20:12:32
A review of the @lushhband concert this evening by a fiercely harsh critic.

#th
A review of the @lushhband concert this evening by a fiercely harsh critic. #thatsagoodconcert
17.03.2019 00:05:23
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Spreading the beauty and mystery of JAZZ today at @mattawanbands - always a blas
Spreading the beauty and mystery of JAZZ today at @mattawanbands - always a blast out there!! Talked about history of jazz, improvisation and @jazzandcreative offerings to 6 classes at @mattawancsd. Also enjoyed swinging through other great programs this week at @loynorrixhighschool bands, #milwoodmagnetschool, and @kcentralhs jazz band. Looking forward to more visits next week! #jazzeducation#spreadthejazz
15.03.2019 15:52:43
What to do when you are adjudicating 11 high and middle school bands in one day?
What to do when you are adjudicating 11 high and middle school bands in one day? Stay hydrated! #coffee#stayhydrated#water#jazzeducation
14.03.2019 16:56:06
On this International Women's Day, I am grateful for the many amazingly strong w
On this International Women's Day, I am grateful for the many amazingly strong women in my life. I still am learning the unfortunate struggle and sacrifice women continue to have and make every day to be even considered on equal footing as men. This is something that I can't even imagine being a white man in our society, though strive to understand as best I can. I hope to be a stronger advocate for women in the coming years, but still feel like I'm just being awoken to the deep struggle that is embedded into our culture. I am deeply grateful and continually amazed at @ashleydaneman and her strength, vulnerability and honesty ... she keeps me growing every day. #internationalwomensday
08.03.2019 20:20:16
Looking forward to playing with the great @kevindaltonjones this Sunday at @jazz
Looking forward to playing with the great @kevindaltonjones this Sunday at @jazzandcreative in Kalamazoo. Kevin is an amazing soul and a powerful musician/percussionist. I'm looking forward to playing his amazing book of music with some other great musicians. Hope to see you there Sunday night 7pm!
07.03.2019 21:17:44
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