Ben Apolinar

Ben Apolinar

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandRockCover Band

If you like the pop country, acoustic funk, or just plain good ole music, then this is it. It's still about the music.


Artist Information

Born and raised in Pecos, Texas, Ben began playing with a High School band called AMIGOS. A trio of guys playing cover tunes from the group AMERICA. The band went on to play their own shows locally and gained popularity at local schools as entertainment. Band Members: Eddie Vasquez, Sonny Falcon and Ben Apolinar. No Recordings available.

Ben began to expand his musical influences locally and soon became part of the band EXXODUS. Founding band members and brothers Marcos & Pilo Mendoza and Songwriter Paul Briones were musical heavy weights locally. The band expanded their membership adding powerhouse vocalist Julia Galindo. The band recorded LOW RIDING, TELL ME EVERYTHING, and JUST BECAUSE OF YOU, The song JUST BEACUSE OF YOU, penned by Paul Briones, received recognition through the Billboard Songwriting Contest. Young and nowhere to go, the band fizzled but not without making an impact on the music scene locally. Band Members: Marcos Mendoza, Pilo Mendoza, Paul Briones, Alfred Gomez, Orlando Urias, Jeff Bryant, Ricky Barreno, Julia Galindo and Ben Apolinar.

In the summer of 84, Ben and brothers Mickey & Eddie Vasquez formed a new band, Sudden Impact. It started as a Pop Rock band and soon took a turn towards the Pop Christian music. The band released two projects with Ben as the Front Man/ Bass Player / Lead Vocalist. BRAND NEW START and BY FAITH are standalone projects that show great potential of three individual artists. Soon after the By Faith release Ben left the group to persue other musical musings. Band Members: Eddie Vasquez, Mickey Vasquez, Jason Alvarez, Aldo Ramon, Benjie Mendoza, Ben Apolinar.

During his down time Ben was invited to fill in as Bass player for THE CHALLENGER BAND, founded and led by Gome Olivas. Every musician that ever was in the tiny town of Pecos, Texas, at one time or another played in this band. Ricky Barreno, then lead vocalist for the group invited Ben to try out the band. Through this, Ben began studying the Tejano scene. He began to see the potential of the musicians in the group and became interested in contributing to the Tejano music scene even if it was only in his own corner of the world.
Challenger Band Members: Band Leader/Trumpet: Gome Olivas, Lead Vocalists: Ricky Barreno & Martha Cedillo, Drums: Gary Rumbaugh, Guitar/Lead & Backing Vocals Ernest Marquez, Bass/Lead & Backing Vocals: Ben Apolinar

Not long after that, Ben was approached by Rudy Falcon & Joey Martinez. Joey had been front man for the same CHALLENGER BAND and Rudy was a keyboard player and young businessman. The idea was to form a band and work the Tejano circuit in hopes of creating great music. The result turned into the music group, MIRADAS where Ben's songwriting and arrangement skills were heightened. Working with great musician Steve Henry (Lead Guitarist), Joseph Barrera (Bass), Rudy Falcon (Keyboard), Gary Rumbaugh (Drums) and front man Joey Martinez, was a great experience for Ben. The musicians in that group were influential in their own way. The groups talent is best captured on the songs Algun Dia, Asegurame, and Cara Inolvidable. Cara Inolvidable was co-written by Joe Legarda, one more influential guitarist that helped shaped Ben's music skills. Ben left the group in 1997 after moving to Texas City, Texas from a work transfer but not before the groups momentum led them to become opening acts for great such as Little Joe Y La Familia, La Difenzia, Gary Hobbs and Elida Y Avante.
Band Members: Keyboard: Rudy Falcon, Guitar/Backing Vocals: Steve Henry, Bass: Joseph Barrera, Drums: Gary Rumbaugh, Frontman/Lead Vocals: Joey Martinez, Guitar/Percussion/Lead & Backing Vocals: Ben Apolinar

Since then Ben has worked with great artists such as Patty Cabrera, WDYSIA, Matt Maher and Tom Booth. Ben released his first Solo Independent cd entitled FIRM produced by Michael & Ron Morales and featuring Kathryn Apolinar on backing vocals. His album was also nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Album in the Independent Music Awards. Ben also won the VOX of POPULI, (voice of the people award) from the same Independent Music Awards group.

Ben's latest DEMO "BREAD THIEVES" was written for the soundtrack of the Independent Film by the same name and can be heard on the playlist.

Ben plays the Houston/ Galveston area coffeehouse venues, weddings and Private Parties.

Booking Information:
Ben Apolinar


Ben Apolinar:
Firm - Released March 31, 2011

Featured Artist and Interview on Salt & Light Radio PODCAST & Sirius Radio May 7, 2011. (

Discography & Works
Bread Thieves for the Independent Film, "BREAD THIEVES"

Gran Amor written by Ben Apolinar recorded by Tejano Grupo Rodeo

Ben Apolinar:
Firm - Released March 31, 2011

Featured Tracks on Salt & Light Radio PODCAST May 7, 2011.

Featured Track on Catholic Music Express PODCAST May 1, 2011

Three Song EP - Released February 2005, streaming on Jango

Three Song EP - Released January 1996

Sudden Impact:
Brand New Start - Released March 1990
By Faith - Released June 1994

Set List

Title / Artist

A Horse With No Name America
A Little More You Little Big Town
Aint No Sunshine Bill Withers
America - Tin Man
Band On The Run Paul McCartney
Beginnings Chicago
Big Stuff Ben Apolinar
Black Water Doobie Brothers
Bring It On Home Little Big Town
Cab Driver Daryl Hall
Can't Buy Me Love Beatles
Cant Hurry Love Phil Collins
Country Road James Taylor
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
Desperado Eagles
Don't Stop Believin Journey
Don't You Worry Child
Dont Let Me Be Lonely Tonight James Taylor
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic Police
Everybody Wants To Rule Tears For Fears
Fire & Rain James Taylor
God Gave Me You Blake Shelton
Gravity John Mayer
Ho Hey Luminaires
How Long Has This Been Going On Ace
How Sweet It Is James Taylor
Human Nature Michael Jackson
I Just Wanna Stop Gino Vanelli
I Missed Again Phil Collins
I Want Know What Love Is Foreigner
I'll Be Around Spinners
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You Sting
If You Love Somebody S