Drew has been playing the guitar for about 30 years. He taught his first guitar lesson in 1986, while learning music at C.C.A.C. Only a few years after studying Jazz guitar at Duquesne University, Drew was able to make guitar instruction his full time occupation. Drew has been a full time guitar teacher since 1997. Eight years into full time private teaching, in 2005, Drew co established, and still operates, Bentley & Romito Professional Music Lessons. He continues to offer private lessons, with a sustained passion to share music.
Mr. Bentley currently holds the guitar instructor position, for introductory guitar, at the Community College of Allegheny County. He was the guitar instructor at Camp Jam, Pittsburgh in 2011. Drew has studied the guitar with: Joe Negri, Ken Karsh, Mark Koch, John Maione, Bill Purse, and Jim Held. While teaching guitar at Bentley & Romito, Drew has been active in the community by co-sponsoring the guitar club at Penn Middle school, being a career day speaker at Franklin Regional, and co running the Bentley & Romito PTARC open stage. Along with guitar instruction, Drew has been busy making a name for himself by recording and performing live music. Drew has performed with a dozen bands over the years, in hundreds of venues, and in multiple states. He currently plays with: the Drew Bentley Band, doing original rock, blues and jazz; City Heat, a variety dance/wedding band; Drew Bentley & Dante Romito jazz guitar duo, and he performs solo jazz and acoustic, singer songwriter shows as well. His most notable project to date, JD Strum, released an original record, in 2004 entitled Just Another Story. The record was cowritten by Mr. Bentley. JD Strum opened for Dave Matthews, Sister Hazel, Brett Michaels (Poison), Kansas, Deep Purple, Carbon Leaf, and Low Millions. With the Kiger band, Drew has shared the stage with Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich and Molly Hatchet. He has performed on many radio stations, most notably 102.5 WDVE, on the Morning Show. Drew was the winner of the Guitar Center “King of the Blues” Contest three times; 2005 and 2006 and 2009, for district 802. With JD Strum, he won the Pittsburgh Songwriters Contest in 2004, along with multiple other contests for prizes and studio time. Drew is currently recording a record of original music, and will be actively promoting the Drew Bentley Band upon its’ completion.
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