Benjamin Zietz, 17, is a freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was first introduced to piano at the age of six with Claudia Xi. Benjamin placed in and won many competitions and festivals including Regional Bach Festival, Hacienda Heights Branch Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival in open and qualified categories, Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, MTAC Irvine Branch Festival, and California Association of Professional Music Teachers Sonata Festival. He served as Co-President of his high school’s largest music club, Musicians United for Service and Entertainment. Benjamin competes on the world and national levels in baton and is a member of both Team USA 2019 for the Grand Prix in France and Team USA 2021 for the World Championships in the Netherlands.