As a child, Chris Benham was obsessed with drums. As early as 4, pencils were drumsticks and any toy that could resembled a drum could be added to a makeshift drum set. Realizing they had no other choice, his parents rented a snare drum and found him some drum lessons when he was 8. Since then Chris’ love for the drums has led him to New York where he has become a respected force, equally comfortable playing nuanced jazz in a small dive bar or pounding out a groove in a rock club.

Chris grew up Evergreen Colorado, a small mountain town in the foothills just west of Denver. After graduating high school, Benham did what so many people only dream of: he moved to Vegas. There, he earned a Bachelor of Music from UNLV and during the 11 years he lived there became a first call freelance musician.

Vegas gave Benham the opportunity to back up many entertainment legends including Kay Starr, John and Donald Mills of the Mills Brothers, Robert Goulet, Clint Holmes, Tony Orlando, Susan Anton, and the Smothers Brothers. In addition to classic Vegas performers, Chris played with many jazz greats such as Jack Montrose, Don Menza, Stefan Karlsson, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Bruno, Rick Margitza and Bob Sheppard. Benham also taught as adjunct faculty at UNLV in the jazz department.

In 2003 Chris packed up his drums and moved to Brooklyn to further his playing and to establish himself in the largest, most competitive music scene. His Vegas roots served him well while playing for Mickey Rooney’s off Broadway “Let’s Put on a Show” and David Cassidy’s “Rat Pack is Back” shows, however, his most creative work has been with the legenday team of Jack Douglass and Jay Messina (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, John Lennon). Currently, Chris can be heard playing in several different ongoing projects in a wide range of situations in and around NYC. Go to the Projects page to learn more.