Mr. Benjamin Lawson is in his fifth year as the Band Director at Tabb High School. He is responsible for overseeing and teaching all aspects of the band program, including Music Theory, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, the Roaring Regiment Marching Band, and Tabb Tiger Marching Band. Mr. Lawson also sponsors THS’s chapter of Tri-M National Music Honor Society.
As an educator, Mr. Lawson believes that it is through the preparation and performance of quality musical literature that students learn valuable lessons that will not only help them in the classroom, but also into their adult life. Through a passionate pursuit of musical excellence, Mr. Lawson hopes to develop capable, confident, and creative musicians that love music and continue to study it beyond graduation. He sees his role as a teacher one that encompasses much more than just delivering lessons that help students “move air and press buttons”. Mr. Lawson wants each of his students to exit his classroom with a strong foundation of leadership, cooperation, problem solving and critical thinking; dedication to a common goal; and a deeper knowledge of themselves and what they’re capable of.
Mr. Lawson is a product of the Spotsylvania County Public School system, where he attended Chancellor High School under the direction of Mr. Bill Berg, Mr. Kenneth Lipscomb, and Mr. Ryan Addair. He graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance and a Master of Arts in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. His principal teachers include Dr. David Jacobsen, Dr. Travis Cross, and Mr. David McKee. While at Virginia Tech, Mr. Lawson participated in a number of musical ensembles, including the Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble, Marching Virginians, and Natural Grooves Saxophone Quartet. As a four-year member of the Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, he had the opportunity to perform in the Jefferson Center (Roanoke), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), and Carnegie Hall (New York). As a founding member of the Natural Grooves Saxophone Quartet, he has played in a number of master classes, recitals, and events, including performances at the ACC Undergraduate Research Conference and the International Saxophone Symposium. As a five-year member of the Marching Virginians, Mr. Lawson performed in several college and NFL stadiums, and was privileged to be able to travel to Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, El Paso, and Washington, DC with the ensemble.
Mr. Lawson is also a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA); NAfME (National Association for Music Education); Delta Omicron, International Professional Music Fraternity; the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. He is a proud resident of Yorktown, VA, along with his wife, Olivia and dog, Dunkin.