Benedicto dela Peret, Jr

Faculty, Winds and Percussion Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Benedicto dela Peret, Jr. began playing the tuba at the age of 13 in their community concert band in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. He studied at the University of the Philippines College of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music, major in Tuba, and Master of Music, major in Music Performance at the Philippine Women`s University.

Jun as he is popularly called is an active band and orchestral musician who started as tubist with the Philippine Youth Orchestra and the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra. Some of his experiences as tubist are with the ASEAN Youth Music Workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996, the UP Chamber Orchestra, Crosswave Symphony Orchestra Project, The Bamboo Organ Festival Orchestra and as substitute tubist of the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played bass trombone and tuba during the Miss Saigon production in Manila. In 2003, he was invited together with other six Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) principals to perform with the ASEAN-Japan Symphony Orchestra, a selection of Asia`s principal orchestra players held in Tokyo, Japan. He toured in major European cities like Madrid, Prague and Klagenfurt in 2001 with the PPO. He also performed with the PPO in Asia Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in 2002, A Magical Bright of Music – National Theater, Bangkok, Thailand in 2004, World Exposition 2005 in Nagoya, Japan, World Exposition 2010 in Shanghai, China and at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China in 2011. In 2012, he performed with the Philbanda Wind Orchestra for the Asia-Pacific Band Director`s Association Conference held in Singapore. He played bass trombone with the Bulacan Wind Orchestra in Tao Yuan International Band Festival 2014 in Taiwan. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the UP Junior Brass Quintet, UP Oblation Brass Quintet, and The Brass Principals. He also founded the UP Brass Ensemble, UP Tuba – Euphonium Ensemble and The Brasses-Sion.

Benedicto is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and also an active clinician of bands, brass ensembles and juror of different music competitions in the country. He is currently a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Music, Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music and Philippine Women`s University School of Music. He is the Principal Conductor of Banda Kabyaw, Inc. and Principal Tubist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and PPO Brass Quintet.