Also highlighting his versatility, Justin is active as a studio musician, having recently finished a project with guitarist John Maione. In addition to studio recording, he can also be found playing jazz with the likes of RML Jazz, The Jeremy Fisher Trio, and with guitarist Rick Struzzi in venues throughout the Pittsburgh area. With a multi-faceted career that has taken him to the most prestigious concert halls under the direction of world class conductors, Mr. Bendel’s biggest achievement and honor was getting to play New York City’s Carnegie Music Hall in 2013. This accomplishment was recently recognized by Jack Canfield, bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He hand selected Mr. Bendel’s story and it was published in his newest book The Success Principals – 10th Anniversary Edition (HarperCollins). In 2015, he joined the faculty of Seton Hill University. He is currently the professor of Low String Methods as well as the Instructor of Double Bass. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Westminster College as Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass and Electric Bass Guitar.