Michael Brush - Keyboardist/Vocalist/Songwriter
Mike - photo by Gregg
Michael Brush is most recognized as a jazz and blues pianist, music educator, and composer. His fifty year musical history extends back to the garage band era band, “the Paupers” and has continued to his current group, “Brush Street featuring Julie Mulady”. He has devoted his talents to many personal, educational, collaborative, and community-centered creative projects over the years.
As an educator in the Saginaw Public School District, Mike taught elementary school music (1978-1990), developed and directed the Saginaw Kids All-City Choir (1994-99), served as director of the Voice/Keyboard Department at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (1999-2010), and has been an adjunct teacher at Delta College and SVSU – retiring from teaching in 2010.
In 1997 he was recognized for his work with young people by receiving the Herman W. Coleman Human Relations Award from the Michigan Education Association, an All Area Arts Award from the Saginaw Community Enrichment Commission, and the Unity Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 1996, he served as the Grand Marshall of the Saginaw Pride Parade, and in 2006 received the prestigious Saginaw News' Crystal Apple Award. He and his musical associates and groups have received well over 60 Review Awards, a readers' poll, since their inception in 1984.
Mike was honored in a first-of its-kind event: “Melodies & Memories, A Community Tribute to Michael C. Brush" sponsored by the Saginaw Public Schools Foundation and SASA in October 2011. The evening chronicled his life in education and music, complete with performances of his music, a State of Michigan Special Tribute Proclamation and Saginaw City Council ‘s Proclamation of October 17, 2011 as Michael C. Brush Day.
Mike has produced 4 CDs, one LP, an educational cassette/classroom guide set, and published a collection of his song lyrics. He has composed music for young people, various performing ensembles, musical theatre, and numerous civic organizations and events.
Since his “retirement”, Mike produced one of the CDs, the book, has arranged music for five concerts at Bay City’s State Theatre for “Brush Street with Brass and Strings”, has been a featured guest performer with the Saginaw Choral Society and the Bijou Orchestra, and continues to perform regularly.
He and Kathleen have two children, four granddaughters, and have enjoyed 43 years of marriage.
Julie Mulady - Vocalist
For the past twenty years, Julie has gained an outstanding reputation as a popular singer/actress in the Saginaw area. Credits include soloist features with the Saginaw Choral Society, Saginaw Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Eddy Band, and the Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band.
Julie was featured in a January 2004 concert entitled, "Julie Mulady-Broadway and More" at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw. Janet Martineau of the Saginaw News named Julie's concert as one of the top ten arts events in 2004. A favorite among theatre patrons, Julie has delighted audiences in productions at Midland Theatre Guild and Pit and Balcony Theatre. Julie is an elementary school teacher for the Saginaw Public Schools She resides in Saginaw, MI.
Jordan Chuck Edwards - Drums
Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jordan graduated from Louisiana Technical University with an Instrumental Music Education Degree, majoring in Percussion/Piano. He moved to Michigan in 1999, continuing his twenty-seven year career as a band instructor. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator of festivals and competitions. Jordan has performed with The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, The Platters, and Otis Williams' Temptations. Performed with the Saginaw/Bay Symphony and The Shreveport Symphony. In addition to performing with Brush Street, Jordan performs with Soul Street, the Dave Tatrow Band, and the newly formed Saginaw Elite Big Band. Depending on the group, he performs on either keyboard or drums. Jordan also performs as a solo pianist. Currently Jordan serves as Minister of Music for Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Married eighteen wonderful years, he is the father of two beautiful daughters, and is the proud grandfather of two charming granddaughters.
Terry Newman - Bassist