Henri Benard has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups, performing shows in 46 US States, as well as international festival performances in Canada, Norway, and Mexico. Currently, he is performing with Okilly Dokilly, Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, Clint Stevens, Street Corps Drums, and Dove of the Desert Methodist Church. During Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019, Okilly Dokilly is currently confirmed to be touring England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and two full US tours, with more to come.
Henri is also an independent private lessons instructor. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today. And he just loves playing his TJS Custom Kit. Henri is also endorsed by Los Cabos Drumsticks.
Aside from performing and teaching private lessons, he is the founder of his preschool music program Wee Rock Music, serves as Music Business adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College, and is the Entertainment Coordinator for Tempe Festival of The Arts. As a writer, his work has been published in Phoenix New Times and Modern Drummer, and his new children’s drum book, Wee Beats, Wee Eats, is set for release in 2019. He is also is an accomplished DJ.