Ben Shaw has been playing trumpet professionally since 1971. Most notable among the groups with whom he has played with are the Fantastic Shakers (1980-1988), the Kays and the Castaways. He occasionally play with the Holiday Band and has Studio Recording credits with all four bands. In addition to the Beach groups, Ben also plays with the North Carolina Brass Quintet and several Big Bands in the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina. Ben, his wife and two sons live in Raleigh, North Carolina.