September 20-21, 2019
Marriott East, Indianapolis
New Teacher Summit-September 19
2019 Indiana Statewide CTE Professional Development Conference
September 20-21, 2019
Ben struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) throughout his formative years, ultimately finding it impossible to stay interested in school and leaving following his junior year in college. Although his ADD caused him to struggle academically, it proved to be a perfect companion in his career as a performer, creator, and educator. Rather than let it hold him back, he chose to be inspired by his condition. He uses it as a tool for writing, speaking, and making videos focused on ADHD and personal development.
Ben’s speaking engagements began spontaneously after his short-lived collegiate career when he was presented with the opportunity to tell his story at small church camps and conferences. He has since expanded his outreach by working with students, teachers, and speaking at corporate events. Ben is the published author of seven books and the founder of the Chalkguy LEGO drive.
When he isn’t working, Ben enjoys fishing, boxing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He credits his daughters for helping him overcome his fear of speaking to elementary age children.
Let My Yellow Rickshaw “boldly take you where no cover band has gone before!” Since 2009, this rotating group of friends, neighbors and musicians have been entertaining folks around Indianapolis with humor, variety and seamless covers into every show. From Taylor Swift to Timberlake, Zac Brown Band to Alabama, The Temptations to Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper to Guns ‘N Roses, TLC to Usher, plenty of top 40 and hip-hop, and even an Irish jig or two, you will hear musical selections from the 1950’s to today’s current hits. With a refreshing lineup of sounds that includes fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, harmonica and melodica (what’s that, you ask?), My Yellow Rickshaw will take you on a unique and hilarious journey at every show.
Founded in 2009 by childhood friends Nathan Klatt, Eric Maitlen and Steve Hueber, the band name gets its origin from Eric and Steve; while spending an extended period of time on a mission trip in India, Eric and Steve befriended a rickshaw driver named Gopal Singh, who quite aptly, drove a yellow rickshaw for a living. It’s quite the bizarre tale, but absolutely true – hence the name, goofiness and overall sense of joy/happiness that exudes from the band.
Now in 2019, the band continues to play on a regular schedule, at a variety of events and locations. While seasons come and go, players may leave or return, success may ebb and flow, the band will staunchly stick to its grassroots beginnings and principles: 1. Humor and fun music 2. Always bring the “Joy-factor” 3. “Faith, Hope, and Love . . . . And the greatest of these is Love.”