My name is Ben Corbitt, and I am from Columbiana, Alabama. I graduated from Shelby Academy in 2007, and I now attend the University of Montevallo. I plan to graduate from UM in December 2011 with a BS in Mathematics. After completing my math degree, I intend to pursue a second bachelor's degree in the field of Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I hope to finish this degree in a maximum of two years, which should be possible since all of the prerequisites are math classes that should be satisfied by the classes I have taken at UM. Eventually, I would like to pursue a career in computer programming.
Although I do enjoy working with computers and think that I would be happy working as a computer programmer, my first love has always been music. I play the guitar, bass, mandolin, and sing, and I'll play around with just about any instrument with strings. My dad first started teaching me how to play the guitar when I was 5 years old. I have also gotten lessons from other teachers here and there along the way, and I have taught myself a lot. I first started playing on stage when I was fourteen years old. My dad, who plays the banjo, was starting a bluegrass band. He had a gig lined up a couple weeks later, and he couldn't find a bass player. So, he gave me a tape with about fifteen songs on it and told me to learn how to play all of them on the bass in two weeks. Luckily, I was working at a music store at the time, and the owner let me borrow a bass so I could practice. Two weeks later, I not only played my first gig as a bass player, but that was also the first time I had ever played any instrument on stage. About a year later, I recorded my first CD with that bluegrass band, and I have played with several other bands (and several different genres) since then, including the praise band at Columbiana United Methodist Church. I would love to be able to make a living playing music, but I know that there is a very slim chance of that happening, which is why I decided to go to college and set up a plan B in case my music career doesn't work out.
This is a video I recorded a while back. Sorry the video and sound quality is so terrible. It was recorded on a webcam.
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- All information obtained from South Shelby Chamber of Commerce resources.