Bio

Ben Has­sen­ger is a musi­cian and edu­ca­tor, spe­cial­iz­ing in facil­i­tat­ing Eng­lish as a Sec­ond
Lan­guage as well as cre­ative thought and process with inter­na­tional stu­dents in the United States and around the world.

His musi­cal career started in the cafe­te­ria of Lans­ing (MI) Com­mu­nity Col­lege when he was arrested for per­form­ing a ver­sion of “Smoke on the Water” in var­i­ous ani­mal sounds.

In the early 90’s he joined the pop­u­lar Lansing-area band Mys­tic Shake and played with them for 20 years; recording three CDs, and play­ing at var­i­ous art fairs, fes­ti­vals, and cof­fee­houses. (Mys­tic Shake dis­banded in Decem­ber 2010 with the move to Santa Fe of founder and per­cus­sion­ist Dick Rose­mont.) Other musi­cal out­let for Ben are the groups Blue Jello (with song­writ­ing part­ner Pat Mal­loy; their first CD “Life is Good” was released in the spring of 2008) and The Ukulele Kings; an all-uke combo with Pat and Steve Szi­lagyi on bass ukulele.

Ben also per­forms exten­sively as a solo artist on ukulele and gui­tar and hosts the monthly meet­ings of L.A.U.G.H (Lans­ing Area Ukulele Group), bring­ing the joy of the jump­ing flea to Michigan! 

His songs range from the silly to the sen­si­tive and will leave you chuck­ling and charmed. He has a spe­cial affin­ity for chil­dren and the young-at-heart of all ages and per­forms in schools and uni­ver­si­ties, assisted liv­ing homes, and many other types of facilities.

A very cool honor: Ben’s songs “The Cor­ner” (an ode to Tiger Sta­dium in Detroit) and “Voice of Summer” (a trib­ute to leg­endary Detroit Tigers’ broad­caster Ernie Har­well) have been added to the archives of the National Base­ball Hall of Fame in Coop­er­stown, NY! You can lis­ten to the songs in the music player below and watch “The Cor­ner” using the video player.


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