Ben Faugstad

Ben Faugstad


Benjamin Faugstad is in his eighth year of teaching, with this being his first year at Bethany Lutheran College. He directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Drumline, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble and co-directs the Chamber Orchestra with Alyssa Inniger on the Bethany campus.

He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. He attended Scarville Lutheran School, then Alden-Conger High School, followed by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religious Studies Minor from Bethany Lutheran College. After earning his licensure degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and nearly completing his Master of Arts in Teaching Degree, he taught all instrumental ensembles at Lake Mills Community School in Iowa from 2010-2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Over the years, Faugstad has arranged a number of selections for concert band, pep band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and piano, with several works published with Veritas Musica Publishing. His most recent composition was an arrangement of "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," and "Abide with Me," titled "Night," which debuted at Christmas at Bethany in December 2017.

Faugstad currently lives just outside of Mankato with his wife, Ashley, two daughters, Noelle (7) and Julia (6), and two sons, Gideon (4) and Solomon (2).