Lt. Dan Band

Honor. Gratitude. Rock & Roll.

“When this band got started in 2003, I could never have predicted that for the next eighteen years we would perform over 500 shows for thousands of great people all over the world.”

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Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

Pianist Ben Lewis, “one of the best kept secrets in Chicago” (Mark Ruffin – Listen Here! Radio), is a nineteen year veteran of the Chicago music scene. His professional experience has run the gamut, from performing with such local luminaries as vocalist Grazyna Auguscik and trumpeter Tito Carillo to being a founding member and current Musical Director of the Lt. Dan Band.

Ben brings to his playing a unique sense of power, humor and grace. From "shimmering pianism" to "go-for-broke energy" (Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune), his music takes the listener for a wild ride. 

A graduate of Indiana University, Ben has toured through East Asia and West Africa as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and was a featured solo artist at the 2006 Chicago Jazz Festival. While not traveling with the Lt. Dan Band, Ben continues to work as a full-time musician in the Chicago area with bands such as Rico and Psycles.

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