Fifteen-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/ songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “Taz” amongst fans and peers alike.
It started when Brandon watched the movieSchool of Rock at eight-years-old. Also inspired by his father’s record collection, he instantly realized he wanted to play guitar. Four years later, he was cast as the principle role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award- nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre. Since then, Brandon has appeared on NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter Sunday and is currently starring in Netflix's Spike Lee series She's Gotta Have It.
Living in New York City welcomes great opportunity for Brandon to play with some of his most idolized musicians. He’s had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Otis Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey's McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.
Brandon uses D'Angelico Guitars, Homestead Amps, Dunlop Picks, V-Picks, DR Strings and Mono Creators.
Since performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of ten, Brandon has made additional national television appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View.
Brandon was interviewed by Guitar Player Magazine in February 2016.
He has performed at the opening of major conventions including the IBM Edge Convention and the AVID Connect Protools Convention.
Brandon has been booked for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the International Blues Challenge in Memphis,Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Otis Taylor Trance Blues Fest, Doheny Blues Festival,Tampa Bay Blues Fest, Bear Creek Music Festival, and twice for The Big Blues Bender. He also played on Jam Cruise, Gathering Of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, Thunder Bay Blues Fest, and twice at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He's been invited to play Madison Square Garden, The Barclay's Center, The Capitol Theatre, and frequently shares stages with top bands touring through the New York area. He was the youngest musician to ever take part in Jon Batiste’s Social Music Youth Mentoring Program, and was the winner of the Fernando Jones “Blues Kid of The Year” competition in Chicago.
Brandon just completed his two-year originating role as Zack in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-nominated Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.
Brandon originated the principle role of "Zack" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award nominated Broadway production of School Of Rock The Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.
On August 18, 1969, Jimi Hendrix took the stage at Woodstock and debuted a version of "The Star Spangled Banner" that would set the world ablaze. On the eve of his performance's 47th anniversary, guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer, one of the pint-sized cast members in School of Rock, took the stage at the Winter Garden Theatre to perform his own rendition of the tune, to an ecstatic audience.
In August 2015, Brandon played the role of Bartholomew in a soon to be released independent full-length film "Here Comes Rusty" featuring Joey Lauren Adams, Fred Willard, and Col. Bruce Hampton.