Monica Benson is freelance trumpet player and music educator in the Chicagoland area. Her enthusiasm and experience range from classical to contemporary. Monica has performed with multiple ensembles and bands from all over including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Chicago Brass Band, The Illinois Brass Band, and the all-female 60s pop cover band The Bangers, During the summer months Monica can be found at The Arlington International Racecourse, playing the “Call to Post” as the official Arlington Bugler. Along with an active freelance career, Monica does a fair share of teaching. Aside from her own private studio, Monica also teaches in the DePaul Community Music School’s CPS outreach program and the Sistema Ravinia program during the summer. Monica is currently finishing the second year of her master’s degree in music at DePaul University"