Kim Benson has been an Iowa Bandmaster since 1988 and has taught in school districts both large and small, encouraging students from beginning band to college level to strive for excellence in all they do. Throughout her career, Kim has worked with respected programs in the areas of Concert, Jazz, and Marching Band. She has had a positive impact on many students and colleagues as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and mentor. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD. Her professional affiliations include: Iowa Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Jazz Educators of Iowa and Percussive Arts Society. She maintains her personal musicianship by performing with a variety of community groups. Today, Kim Benson puts her expertise gained in public education to work for the C.L. Barnhouse Company as Senior Vice President, Editorial, and Production with an emphasis on young band, jazz, and percussion. Mrs. Benson is active as a guest conductor, clinician, consultant, composer and mentor.