Rob Bender has formed and played in groups in the Pacific Northwest, Madison, WI, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he writes & records original music. Rob was a founding member of the music groups: The Smiling Castle, Calisto, Laughing Hand, Whistlin’ Rufus, The Wynoochee Valley Boys, and Chakra. As a drummer he worked with Oleta Adams, Donn Young, Gary Mazzoropi, Eddie Shanholtz, Vic Juris, Rosemary, Steve & John Conte, Chubby Checker, and The Drifters. Rob studied music composition at Eastern Washington State College and has performed with symphonic orchestras, percussion ensembles, show groups, cover and original rock bands, jazz groups, country swing - even marching bands.