GROUP Mariah Carey
Born in Oakland, California from a musical background, Bennie Rodgers II, better known as "B", was destined to be a great musician. Taught by his mother, Bennie has been playing the drums since he was big enough to pick up a pair of sticks. Now residing in Hollywood, CA, Bennie attended the world renowned Musicians Institute of Hollywood California/P.I.T. (Percussion Institute of Technology) program and is now on the faculty staff as an instructor while in town.
While a student at M.I., Bennie was the winner of the 2006 Carlos Vega Memorial Scholarship Drum Competition with over 50 of M.I.'s best drummers. Picking up his pocket, from the gospel scene and in local jazz and funk groups at a young age, he has gained the right knowledge from experienced musicians and mentors early. This allowed Bennie to venture off into playing, producing, writing, and arranging various types of music such as Rock, Hip-Hop, R & B, Pop, Fusion, Latin, Jazz and many more on a professional level. At the current age of 23, Bennie has taken formal drum and percussion lessons from world renowned instructors such as Chuck Silverman, Fred Dinkins, and Rob Carson.
Bennie has had the opportunity to work with and/or tour with artist such as Dawn Robinson (formally of En Vogue) Mario, Chante Moore, Optimums, Amerie, Algebra Blessett, Vaniti Girlz, Elemay, Ginuwine and is currently working with the renowned artist Mariah Carey. On top of being a young, talented, full time musician/producer, Bennie is working on a project of his own to be completed within the next 18 months or so..