Instructor of Jazz Studies, Percussion , and Drumline
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Michael Brothers is Instructor of Percussion and Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University. His nearly forty-year career as a drummer and percussionist spans a wide range of musical experience including performances with big bands, symphony orchestras, recording sessions and Broadway, including over 6,600 performances of the record-breaking Music Box Company tour of the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera, the longest continually running Broadway tour in history.
Prior to his tenure at Phantom, he was the drummer or percussionist on several national tours including City of Angels, Bye Bye Birdie (with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking), Starlight Express, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert (with Sarah Brightman), Les Misérables and Me and My Girl. His extensive credits include performances with some of the world’s legendary entertainers including Victor Borge, Peter Cetera, Christine Ebersole, Mitzi Gaynor, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Klein, Gladys Knight, Liberace, Steve Lippia, The Marvalettes, Maureen McGovern, Anthony Newley, Patti Page, Chita Rivera, Dinah Shore and Mary Wells.
His album Reunion with the Michael Brothers Quartet was released to critical acclaim and airplay on over 270 stations throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, France and The Netherlands including the syndicated radio programs Jazz After Hours and Jazz Happening Now on Public Radio International and Jazz with Greg Bridges on Jazz Network/WFMT Radio Network. Reunion reached #26 on the CMJ New Music Report Jazz Top 40, #49 on the JazzWeek Top 50 and received 59th GRAMMY Awards® First Ballot consideration in several categories including Jazz Instrumental Album; Engineered Album, Non-Classical; Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
His next album Three Times Two, with pianist Andy Nevala and bassists Jeff Carswell and Chris Kozak was released in 2018. Other albums include Kansas City jazz pianist Michael Pagán’s Is Waiting for You, Production Coordinator for Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Band UBUNTU, Executive Producer for Paul Yonemura Reunion Trios and Kindred Spirits.
Michael is the founder and CEO of Girod Records®, a New Orleans based record label, a Voting Member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY® Awards) and Vic Firth artist. He holds degrees in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (MMus) and Loyola University New Orleans (BM).