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As a studied musician of several decades, Dena's versatility has afforded her opportunities to play in a variety of settings - from arenas to rock clubs and Broadway theaters to recording studios. She has been highlighted in several drum publications, including the September 2018 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine.
Dena has held the drum chair for the following Broadway and Off-Broadway productions: Little Shop of Horrors; Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls; Head Over Heels; Cher Show (sub drummer); Magic Mike the Musical, Broadway Lab; & Galileo, Reading.
Dena is also a sub-drummer for the following Broadway productions: Hamilton, Six and Beetlejuice.
Prior to her transition to Broadway, Dena spent nearly 20 years with the all-female rock band Antigone Rising. The band toured constantly for several years, racking up 260+ shows per year. They were signed by Lava/Atlantic Records and released "From the Ground Up" in conjunction with Starbucks' Hear Music Debut Series, which has sold well over 250,000 copies. Other opportunities included a VH1 Special, appearances on the Today Show and Tonight Show, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and Emeril, as well as twice serving the US State Department as Arts Envoys to Israel and Palestine, and Vietnam. Dena also worked with Matchbox 20 front man Rob Thomas for several years as a member of the “RT Quartet”.
She has performed live with the following artists:
Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads), The Go-Go's, Allman Brothers Band, Chris Daughtry, Roseanne Cash, Our Lady J, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Uggams, Alice Ripley, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Shannon McNally, Williams Honor, Michelle Malone, & Anita Cochran.
She has worked in the studio with the following industry professionals:
Robert Randolph, Lisa Loeb, Leland Sklar, Rob Thomas, Michael Barbiero, Neil Dorfsman, Oliver Leiber & David Bendeth.
Additionally, Dena has shared bills with the following artists:
Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Allman Brothers Band, Joan Jett, The Bangles, Cheap Trick, B-52s, Michael McDonald, Blue Oyster Cult, Lucinda Williams, Matt Nathanson, Tonic, Arlo Guthrie, The Mavericks, Stephen Kellogg, & O.A.R.
She has appeared on Good Morning America as well as many regional TV segments.
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