Michael Bayard

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Michael Bayard brings Juilliard
to your school for a day!


Internationally-renowned percussionist and master drummer Michael Bayard continues to inspire thousands of young people and adults across the country with his powerful and uplifting percussion program Rhythm Magic!®

Michael Bayard began his musical studies at the Juilliard school, where he attended on full scholarship at age 15. Mr. Bayard performed his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony at age 16. He continued his musical studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music - also on full scholarship.

Mr. Bayard was appointed to the position of principal percussionist
with the Sacramento Symphony, a post he held for 17 years.

As a percussion soloist, Mr. Bayard served with the Sacramento Symphony as the principal percussionist for 17 years, and has been featured with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Queens Symphony, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, and Santa Rosa Symphony. Mr. Bayard currently performs with Grammy award-winning Mary Youngblood.

Mr. Bayard is a prolific recording artist, published author, critically-acclaimed composer of music, and engaging speaker. Additionally he has performed on percussion and drum set with many legendary musicians - including Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra Jr.

In 1994, Mr. Bayard created and launched his company "Rhythm Magic!" - a compelling percussion program that has inspired over 2 million students and adults throughout America. Through this interactive musical performance, Rhythm Magic builds self-esteem and confidence in young people. In schools, it integrates math, science, and multicultural appreciation with the power and positivity of music. And the Rhythm Magic workshop for adults in businesses and organizations - is the key to teamwork and harmony in the workplace.

Michael Bayard's "Rhythm Magic" program has been
described as "captivating," "innovative," "inventive,"
"valuable," "exhilarating," and "unforgettable."