Mark Bender has a long history on the Vancouver music scene and is an in-demand bassist for a wide range of styles. Equally comfortable on electric or double bass, he has been performing with Wanda for almost ten years.
Mark has a variety of other projects on the go, including an acoustic venture with Illiteratty, a popular and accomplished urban folk music band. He is the bassist in the Urbana big band. He is part of the Mennonite Jazz Committee, who released the very successful Christmas album Dawn of Grace in 2007. Also, Mark honours his German heritage as a longtime member of Gordanairs European Musik.
Mark performs frequently with his wife, singer/pianist Doe Bender. Together they have recorded two albums, A Story of Love and Journey of Love.