Benwar Shepard was raised in South Sacramento receiving his education in the Elk Grove Unified School District K through 12 schools. Shepard received his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Music Education from Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. He has taught music in public schools in Stockton Unified and Elk Grove Unified School Districts. Shepard has taught music in churches, homeless shelters, parks, community centers, apartment, and various school settings. Shepard has spent the last 6 years teaching music at Valley High School and Jackman Middle School in Elk Grove Unified School District and is now teaching full time at Jackman Middle School. His passion for activity taking arts education to the heart of the community led him to establish 501(c)3 non-profit Bigger Than Us Arts.
Mr. Shepard also Co-director for the Sacramento youth bands jazz ensemble and combos, is an active member of Element Brass Band and performs with several New Orleans Style Brass Band throughout California. It is also part of his life purpose to unify the community through arts and has used Instrument and Art Petting Zoos, leading adult and youth brass bands and teaching and providing instruction in both public and private settings to accomplish this. He is very excited about the launching of the Sacramento Brass Band Collective which will combine the efforts of several Sacramento Brass Bands to promote arts throughout the streets in our city.