About Mr. Bingen

Stephen Bingen began playing trumpet in 5th grade, took up the French Horn in 9th grade and has been playing both ever since. Stephen studied Music Education and Horn Performance with Pete Nowlen and Steve Roach at Sacramento State University. Mr. Bingen currently teaches beginning and intermediate band at Crocker-Riverside Elementary in the Sacramento Unified School District. From 2008 to 2012, Stephen Bingen was the Jazz Band Director for the Sacramento Youth Band and during that time he expanded the jazz program to include two jazz ensembles comprised over 30 young musicians. In 2011, 2012 and again in 2013, Stephen was a guest band director at the ARC Summer Jazz Workshop. Stephen is employed full-time as the recording engineer for the UC Davis Music Department and is the owner of "Living Sound".

As a freelance horn player, Stephen Bingen has performed as a guest horn soloist with the California High School All-State Honor Choir, the Sac State Combined Choir, and most recently with the CMEA Capitol Section Honor Choir. Stephen Bingen is currently principal horn with the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Sacramento Philharmonic, VITA Academy Orchestra, Sacramento State Orchestra, Folsom Symphony, and the Sierra Symphony. Stephen also plays trumpet and has played with many local bands, including Sol Peligro, Luv Taxi, Raigambre, and Los Gallos, receiving a total of 5 Sammie Awards. While attending Sac State he received several scholarships as a member of the Liberace Woodwind Quintet.

Mr. Bingen loves the outdoors. When he has time he loves to fish in one of his two old boats, and makes it a point to go camping at least twice a year. Mr. Bingen also dabbles with R/C Airplanes on occasion.

Mr. Bingen's wife, Mrs. Bingen, is also a professional musician and music teacher and the two of them are enjoying raising their two daughters together, Olivia and Camille.

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