Bryan Bird is a Cleveland area pianist, organist, and music director, acclaimed and in demand throughout Northeast Ohio. With over 30 years playing piano and nearly 70 musicals under his belt, he brings a wealth of talent to theaters, schools, churches, and community organizations.
Highlights include the 2003 Cleveland TubaChristmas at Severance Hall, where he accompanied Brian Bowman of the University of North Texas and Ron Bishop, principal tubist emeritus of The Cleveland Orchestra; the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Cleveland Foundation, also at Severance Hall, where he both performed and arranged the opening song; and accompanying and singing with the Cleveland Athletic Club Singers, with whom he performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Jacobs Field in 2005.
At Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, Bryan has music directed Jerry Springer: The Opera and Forever Plaid; co-music directed American Idiot and City of Angels; and has played second keyboard for shows since 2009. He has also music directed City of Angels at Hudson Players and seven shows at Olde Towne Hall Theatre, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! At Western Reserve Playhouse he has music directed Assassins, The Bridges of Madison County, Heathers, and the regional premiere of Tomorrow Morning. Stage roles include Paul in Company (Cassidy Theatre), tenor in the Angel City Four in City of Angels (Brecksville Theatre on the Square), Chuck in The Cardigans and The Taffetas (OTHT), and L.M. in Pump Boys and Dinettes (OTHT).
Bryan has also substituted as organist at churches in Brecksville, Copley, Elyria, Independence, Lorain, Medina, and Westlake. From September 2014 through February 2019, he served as the organist at Medina Presbyterian Church. Since March 2019, he has been the organist for Community of Faith UCC in Elyria.
Bryan earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Computer Art, with a minor in Graphic Design, from Bowling Green State University in 2002, and was the Graphic Artist for a print music publisher from March 2003 until the company’s closure in October 2019. In February 2020 he began his new career with a major Cleveland-based paint manufacturer, while maintaining his active presence in the world of music.