Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett

About Me

I am a 20 year professional musician with an extensive background in choral, orchestral, jazz, pop, rock, and latin music.  I am known for having a very discerning ear, and pride myself on being low maintenance and easy to work with.

Professional credits and events include:

The Frank Caliendo Show

Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Capella Gloriana

Symantec & Home Depot Corporate Events

Dedication of the Beach Boys Historical Landmark

Little River Band (opener)

America (opener)

Del Mar Fair


The Roxy

Professional Music Services

Currently Available for:

*Music for Placement in all Media Applications

*Custom Song Service

*Producer for Hire

*Musician/Vocalist for Hire (Reading or By-Ear)

*Lessons (limited availability)

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - May 2011

Drummer/Comic Foil

The Frank Caliendo Show

Full time Drummer/Vocalist for renowned impressionist Frank Caliendo (MadTV, Fox Sports) during his 2 year residency at the Monte Carlo Hotel.  Assisted in song selection, arrangements, and miscellaneous wrangling.  Worked in congress with Mr. Caliendo, and other writing staff on sketches, bits, and features.  The Caliendo Band is one of the most diverse musical groups on the Las Vegas strip, running the gamut from 60's rock to 80's pop, Broadway, Schmaltz, and Metal on a whim.  Currently on short term hiatus.

May 2005 - Present

Sub Drummer/Vocalist

Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band

Occasional Sub for Al Jardine, founding member of the Beach Boys.  Memorable gigs include Caesar's Palace, Rampart Casino, and the Cannery in Las Vegas, plus the Indy 500.

May 2005 - Present


Good Vibrations

Full production Beach Boys Tribute Show, created in Spring of 2005.  Produced/Performed/Engineered all auxiliary audio tracks.  Co-arranged all vocals and did full transcriptions.  Mastered full range of drumming styles and techniques from 40 years of different Beach Boys drummers.  Have performed every different vocal part at least once.

Aug 2011 - Jun 2012

Sub Drummer

Empire Records

Genre crossing full production 90's Tribute Band/Show.  From Nirvana to Bell Biv Devoe.  Subbed on Drums/Ran audio tracks.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2012


Venetian Hotel

Sang Italian songs and entertained on the Venetian Hotel's gondola ride.  Worked as a trainer on multiple occasions, and was a shift lead for over 5 years.

Feb 2001 - Jan 2002

Assistant Manager/Assistant Engineer

Studio 880

Learned all facets of recording a major label record, as well as managing a world class studio and facility.  Also did installation and de-installation of Neve console, signal processors, reverb plates, and various acoustical treatments.

Became proficient with ProTools, SSL console, all outboard gear, and microphone selection.

Worked with Green Day, Chris Isaak, Merchant Ivory Productions, Robert Cray, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Finn, Michael Urbano, John Shanks, and many, many more.

1995 - 2000

Bass Vocalist

Capella Gloriana

Founding Member of San Diego's premier a capella vocal ensemble, specializing in music of the Tudor period as well as that of the 20th Century.  Performed alongside vocal/choral luminaries Virginia Sublett, Stephen Sturk, and Philip Larson. Released album - Channel Crossings (2000)

1990 - 1997

Orchestra Musician/Session Player


Played in numerous professional community theatre pit orchestras, including:

42nd Street - El Camino College


Guys 'n Dolls


Lil Abner

Anything Goes

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - (co-composed original percussion score)

Beauty & The Beast - Palomar College (composed original score)

The Miser - Palomar College (produced pre-show music compilation)


Feb 2001 - Jan 2002


Studio 880

Internship at world class recording studio/compound.  Studied audio engineering and assisted on professional recording sessions with Reto Peter (Green Day/Chris Isaak).  Learned all tasks associated with Studio Management from studio owner including print ad design, cold calls, being a professional runner, and rejecting rock star demands.

Aug 1991 - Jun 1997

Palomar College

Studied theory and composition under Dr. David Chase and vocal performance under Dr. Joseph Stanford.  Also studied jazz and world drum techniques under John Hall.

Recipient of prestigious Palomar Scholarship.

Jun 1991 - Aug 1993

Mira Costa College

Studied Recording Arts under Don McGill and Advanced Songwriting under Dave Blackburn.

Sep 1987 - Jun 1991

HS Diploma

Palos Verdes High School

Participated in all school music activities and theatre orchestras.

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner.  (Saxophone)

John Phillip Sousa Band Award winner.  (Tuba)

Outstanding Senior (Orchestra) Award winner.  (Clarinet)

Spring Drumline Novice Division Champion.  (First Bass Drum)

Assistant Drum Major and Band Vice President