Ben Gale is an educator based in West London, UK. His passion for electronic
percussion was first discovered while watching Roy Ayers perform at Ronnie
Scott’s jazz club, London. In his first year of study at the Royal Northern College
of Music Ben bought his first piece of electronic percussion a 3 octave malletKat.
In completing his studies, Ben joined the touring show Barrage based in Canada
where he performed and toured extensively across North America and Europe.
Performing in such venues from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, Ben has used the
malletkat extensively in full stage shows, enjoying the versatility of programming the
instrument to tailor make his performance.
For the last ten years Ben has been building up his teaching practice across West
London. Electronic percussion has been at the forefront of Ben’s teaching. Using the
malletKat in various ensembles Ben has had national recognition for his work in this
field. One group, which has recently featured on ITV’s London Tonight programme,
Electro 5, is a group consisting of 2 malletKats, synth and V-drums performed by 10-
11 year olds playing homage to classic electro tunes from the 70s and 80s. The group
has performed at London’s Festival Hall, Southbank, Birmingham Conservatoire and
then showed cased to 7,500 school children at the Royal Albert Hall, Primary Proms
Ben’s senior group, The Krupa Percussion Ensemble, this year will be performing
also at London’s Festival Hall, Southbank using two malletKats with the students
affecting real time parameters to create interesting sounds on stage. One of the
main aspects of Ben’s teaching is to not just learn how to turn on a electronic drum
and play a sound but to learn how to setup loops, triggers and affects utilizing the
controllers to their full potential.
Ben is currently developing a teaching program set out to inspire a new generation
in electronic percussion. With the current trends in music being so involved with
programs like Ableton Live, Ben is eager to get more students working with
electronic controllers and the new technology out there.