Nickname: "The Rocker" / Age: 28 / Years at Howl at the Moon: 2.5 / Favorite song to Perform: "My Life" by Billy Joel / Listens to: Metallica Every band has its black sheep, and at Howl at the Moon, that's Ben Stahl. He's the one with seven rings, four piercings, spiked hair, sideburns and a leather jacket. On stage, he loves to head-bang while shredding on Howl at the Moon's Epiphone Les Paul guitar. He's not always playing rock, though -- his repertoire runs from Metallica to Lady Gaga. "I'm a rock 'n' roll guy, so I gravitate toward heavier stuff, but most of the time a crowd doesn't really need to hear Megadeath or Metallica," Stahl said. "Rock 'n' roll is definitely my heart and soul." Stahl's love of music started in the eighth grade, after he saw the Tom Hanks film "That Thing You Do." When the film ended, he asked his dad to get him a drum set. Next it was a guitar. After a year or two, Stahl was self-taught; he later received formal training in college. On the first day of his music theory class at Essex Community College, Stahl realized he wanted to make a career of music. He taught guitar and choir at Owings Mills High School before joining the band at Howl at the Moon. Getting to perform every night is his dream job. "It's the best job I've ever had," he said. "My job is just making music. It's creative, and it's organic. It's inherently positive."
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