Inspiring kids in the place it all started

Local 4's Finest Highlights Dr. Benjamin Klemme

By Tiffany Lundberg |, Bryan Bobb |

Published 09/01 2015 09:00PM

Updated 09/01 2015 09:00PM

A Quad Cities native has returned to share the gift of music with the same place that inspired him.

Dr. Benjamin Klemme is the associate conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles.

He started playing music as an elementary student in Davenport and said, "I just fell in love."

After moving away to study music, he decided to take a job in the place it all started.

His students said, he's more than just mentor, he's also a friend.

"Dr. Klemme is an amazing conductor. I've only had him for the past year but I will definitely say he's been the best conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra. He knows all of us by name and that's no easy task," said student Rishi Wagle.

It's not just students recognizing Dr. Klemme's hard work.

"He's the kind of guy that if it takes a 100 hours to put an ensemble on stage that we can be proud of, then that's what it takes," said co-worker Marc Zyla.

However, Dr. Klemme doesn't see it as work and said instead, "I see it as a great responsibility and I just can't give it enough."

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