Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with Ben Tufts



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Ben Tufts (he/him) was born in Crete, Illinois in 2002 and was raised in Crown Point, Indiana for most of his life. Music has always been important to him since he was young: he began learning guitar when he was seven and formed his band, ASP, in high school around 2018. Not long after starting a band, Tufts got a studio internship where he does audio engineering work and gets a chance to record material with his band. Tufts graduated from Crown Point Highschool in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic began before he started college, so he chose to attend Columbia College Chicago completely online, where he is majoring in audio arts with an interest in music production. Tufts currently lives with his parents in Crown Point.

Publication Date

Fall 2020


Columbia College Chicago




COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus


Arts and Humanities | Oral History | Public History | Social and Behavioral Sciences


At the start of the 2020, Ben Tufts had an extremely busy schedule; juggling between classes, orchestra rehearsals, work and internships, and his own personal music. That was all thrown out the window when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, and a stay-at-home order was put in place across the country in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He describes a lot of his disappointment throughout the year caused by all of the concerts he had lined up that had to be canceled due to safety measures. Along with being unable to attend concerts, he had to put his music and band on hold during the first few months of the pandemic. Musicians and other performers were some of the people that struggled the most due to the pandemic. Even his studio internship halted for a few months. In this interview Ben goes in depth on living through a global pandemic and how it personally affected him.

Conducted in fall 2020 by an Oral History: The Art of the Interview student, this interview with a fellow student in the class reflects on the pandemic and how it impacted their life. The interview is conducted based on the life history approach to oral history


Interview with Ben Tufts