Bob DeSena was born in Northern California the Spring of 1958; born not only to his parents, but born - literally and figuratively - into the world of Latin Jazz. At a young age he learned to play the drums and guitar, and as he grew up in age and the society of music in the 1970s, his already impressive talent was influenced by such groups as Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, Malo and artists such as Herb Alpert, Freddie Hubbard and Maynard Ferguson. The combined talents of these bands and artists increased DeSena's interest not only in music but, especially, in wanting to produce his own music as well. That interest sparked a new passion in him: the trumpet. He learned the instrument and played through high school in big bands and jazz bands alike.
After high school, his talent and passion took him to various dance clubs and highly sought after social engagements where he played with local Top-40 bands. Shortly after he was married, DeSena founded a seven-piece Latin rock band and began recording demos while being sought after to perform in various local night clubs throughout the San Francisco Bay area. It was at a local concert that DeSena was introduced to someone who would become one of the, if not, THE major influence in his personal music career, the legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers. And like he was back in his childhood room listening to old favorite records, DeSena listened in awe and watched in amazement at Ayers' musical genius and flare for which he played. DeSena found a mentor in Ayers who helped him work on his new passion, the vibraphone and the music it would create.