Benstein Retires; Veteran Teacher Eager to Follow New Musical Opportunities

Colleen OBrien, Staff Writer

Harvey Benstein, Campo band director for fifteen years, recently announced his plan to retire at the conclusion of this school year.

Benstein has been teaching instrumental music at Campo since 1997 and his announcement at Campo’s Fall Concert came as a shock to many instrumental students, who will sorely miss his presence.

Junior Luther Kuefner, violinist for the orchestra, said, “Mr. Benstein has instilled a sterling reputation for the Campo music department, especially the orchestra. I will be very disappointed when he leaves. Hopefully the students who’ve been under Mr. Benstein will carry on his legacy.”

Annie Guo, member of both the Symphonic and Jazz bands, echoed this sentiment. “He’s really helped us bring music to life,” she said. “He has really good insight and truly attempts to help us grow as a band.”

Benstein said his retirement was largely influenced by his desire to pursue other musical medium: “Throughout my career I have always sought out new opportunities,” Benstein said. “I will continue to be a professional conductor, musician, and a clinician throughout the United States. Retiring from my day job will give me the flexibility to pursue these other activities.”

Benstein is optimistic about the future of Campo’s instrumental program. “I think it will continue to flourish and grow and that Mrs. Kitchens will find a great replacement to continue our tradition of excellence,” Benstein said.