Musical Touring Vet Michael Brothers to Conduct Clinic at JSU Oct. 2

Musical Touring Vet Michael Brothers to Conduct Clinic at JSU Oct. 2


Michael Brothers has 30-plus years in the music business and has traveled with some of the most popular shows and artists to embark on national tours.

On Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. - noon, he will share his experience and offer advice to students interested in similar careers during a free Music Business Clinic in 105-A Mason Hall on the Jacksonville State University campus.

Brothers was a contractor/percussionist for the touring Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera for 18 years and runs or owns several music businesses in addition to teaching adjunct percussion. He will be at JSU to tell our students what they need to be able to do to get a touring gig as well as how to make money in the business. This will include some funny stories about what not to do on a touring gig, as well. This is a program that will benefit all students.

Brothers' lengthy career as a drummer and percussionist has spanned a wide range of musical situations including performances with big bands, symphony orchestras and Broadway shows as well as recording sessions and small ensemble work at private and corporate events. He completed over 6,600 performances of the record-breaking Music Box Company tour of the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera, which closed in October 2010 after 18 years, the longest continually running Broadway tour in history. He was Music Coordinator for the tour, contracting the tour orchestra and local musicians throughout the United States and Canada.

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 Miserables and Me and My Girl.

His extensive credits include performances with some of the world’s legendary entertainers such as Victor Borge, Mitzi Gaynor, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Klein, Gladys Knight, Liberace, The Marvalettes, Maureen McGovern, Anthony Newley, Patti Page, Dinah Shore and Mary Wells.

He regularly appears on drums for vocalist Steve Lippia, including sold-out performances with the Acadiana, Chattanooga, Pensacola and San Antonio Symphony orchestras and at Western Carolina University. He has recorded with Kansas City jazz pianist Michael Pagán and his forthcoming album Reunion, with the Michael Brothers Quartet, will be released on the Girod Records label.

Recent projects projects include serving as Production Coordinator and Contractor for Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Band recording UBUNTU, featuring Brian Blade, David Caceres, Bobby Campo, Evan Christopher, John Ellis, Sean Jones, Jason Marsalis, Jason Mingledorff, Mark Mullins, Kim Prevost, Donald Ramsey, Bill Summers, Shane Theriot and Christopher Thomas. 

Michael is Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, MS. He holds degrees in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (M.M.), Loyola University New Orleans (B.M.), and is a Vic Firth artist.