THE CONTRABAND

 Cody Bondra

Vocals |  Guitars | Piano

Cody Bondra first started playing guitar and singing seriously at the age of 21.  His dad bought him a guitar at a local pawn shop and he became a staple of the Connecticut Open Mic scene.  After playing with many local bands, Cody put together The Contraband.  Cody's influences range from many different genres, but he credits Dan Fogelberg, Caleb Followill, Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen with introducing him to the art of songwriting.

Peter Baba   

Percussion | Vocals    

Pete first picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of 3 and never put them down! He started gigging out at the age of 13, and was a member of high school rock, jazz, and concert bands, and in his senior year was selected to join the Hartford County Honors Choir. After passing several auditions for the Marine Corps, Navy, and Army Show Bands, he selected the U. S. Army and was stationed with the 399th Army Engineer Center, the 76th Infantry Division, and the 94th Infantry Division Bands over the course of his 8 years of service. Peter is a very well known drummer, and is also a former student and friend of Rob the Drummer, as well as the father of four amazing kids. He won the Hartford Advocate Jam band competition in 2001, and opened for major acts such as The Allman Bros. Ban and Govt Mule. His music has aired on both Radio 104.1 and Rock 106.9 WCCC.

 Jackie Bashaw

Keyboard | Guitar | Vocals

Jackie is a lifelong nutmegger, as well as a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She has won awards in vocal composition, vocal performance, and piano performance.

While off-stage, Jackie enjoys reading, hiking with her dog, harmonizing with the radio, and drinking coffee. She also works as a writer, editor, and music blogger. Jackie cites Sara Bareilles, Keane, the Hush Sound, and Bear's Den as her greatest musical influences.

Jeff Kenniston

Guitar | Sax | Vocals 

 Jeff Kenniston is a multi-instrumental musician, performer, and recording artist who has played with dozens of bands and solo artists throughout Connecticut and beyond over the last 15 years. He specializes in guitar, piano, alto saxophone, and harmony vocals. His groups have played alongside the likes of Pharrell Williams, Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, Reel Big Fish, Sean Kingston, Smashmouth, Aaron Lewis, Lifehouse, and O.A.R. Jeff is a licensed BMI songwriter and has had his compositions used internationally including placements with Travel Channel, Golf Channel, Food Network, Bravo, and CBS. Jeff holds a B.S. in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University and is currently a full-time guitar teacher at the Trinity College Academy in Hartford, CT.

 Ray Markwas 

Bass Guitar | Guitar | Vocals

Lead guitarist turned bassist, Ray first picked up a guitar at age 14 and has never looked back. With a couple years of formal lessons under his belt, he set out to write an instrumental album at age 16. Bass guitar was first played during this period as a necessity for the music he wrote, but he soon discovered it was not just a backing instrument - it could have a life of its own. Bass Influences include legends like John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, and Steve Harris. Ray joined his first band at age 18 as lead guitarist playing the heavy metal hits of the day. As life progressed, music had to take a back seat for a while, but its love was never lost. Now he returns to the stage playing bass for Cody Bondra & the Contraband. When he's not taking stages by storm, he's spending time with his son.  

Find his songs on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/rmarkwas

The Team

Lori Lebel

Management

 Lori has been putting her passion of music to work in the business for over ten years, booking, managing, promoting and photographing artists such as Cody Bondra, Devin Williams, 6 Train Soldier, Frank Palangi, The Awakening, and many more.  She is also a freelance writer and has published interviews and music reviews for top recording artists and indie bands alike with several magazines and blogs.  Currently, she runs Live Backstage, a platform to get artists in front of more fans via social media.   

Find her on facebook at @theartistcommunity.  

Contact information:  860-681-4603  or mslorilebel@gmail.com