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Born in Orlando, FL, Ben Hicks was surrounded by music growing up. His father was a guitarist and singer, as was his mother. His grandfather, an accomplished jazz pianist, introduced him to the piano when he was five years old. It was here that his love affair with music began. Having started by playing guitar in his middle school band as well as drums and keyboard in various garage bands throughout high school, he carried his music interests with him to college, studying composition and performance at Valencia Community College in Orlando, and eventually finishing his studies at UCLA under their prestigious film scoring program.