Once upon a time, Dale was invited to play keyboards in a country band. He had no experience (classically trained) nor love of country music, but agreed nonetheless. They paid Dale to have fun.
He didn't even know that was possible. Every paying gig up to that point in his life had been low wage, low skill, manual labor.
It was then he knew music was his future.
While searching for a new sound, Dale got the idea to combine ancient with modern, creating a serene, yet pummeling sound. He takes Gregorian chant-style vocals and supports it with progressive rock energy/instrumentation, and presto, Gregorian Rock!
Dale plays keyboards, electronic wind instrument, Chapman Stick, and sings. You will hear the influence of his classical background, with hints of Neal Morse, Iona, Frost, and 70s prog.
Atmosphere is the newest album from the band. Featuring the guest talents of Grammy-nominated guitarist, Phil Keaggy, and Peter Gabriel's rhythm section: Tony Levin (bass) and Jerry Marotta (drums).
Roland Dale Benedict
11030 Hillsdale Loop
San Antonio TX 78249