“Justin Bendel adds a large unassuming presence on bass that anchors the musical ensemble with his deep-toned plucking.” ~ David Zuchowski - Pittsburgh Owl Scribe (2017)
In high demand as both a performer and educator, Justin Bendel has quickly become one of Pittsburgh’s most sought after bassists. Equally at home as an orchestral member, pit musician, soloist, and teacher, Mr. Bendel maintains a thriving, successful studio alongside his full time career as a professional bassist. As a distinguished orchestral musician, Mr. Bendel is credited with performing with such groups as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and Akron Symphony, to name a few. In 2011, he completed the US east coast tour with Italian mega-star, Patrizio Buanne. He has also shared the stage with legends such as Christopher Parkening, Lynn Harrell, The Moody Blues, Al Jarreau, and the incomparable Ray Charles.
With 70+ musicals to this credit, he is no stranger to the music of Broadway. He was most recently asked to reprise the role of Brother Jay (bassist) for the Dutch Apple Theater's production of Million Dollar Quartet in Lancaster, PA, after having done the Actor-Musician musical at the Benedum Center in 2017. Most notably, with the CLO Cabaret Theater, he played 412 performances of the hit comedy Forever Plaid, Pittsburgh's longest running show to date. With this experience, he was requested to work with such artists as Tom Rocco, Elaine Stritch, and Billy Porter. Also highlighting his versatility, Justin is active as a studio musician, having recently finished a project with guitarist John Maione. Besides studio recording, he can also be found playing jazz with the likes of RML Jazz, The Jeremy Fisher Trio, and with guitarist Rick Stuzzi in venues throughout the Pittsburgh area. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Westminster College as Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass and Electric Bass Guitar.