Andreas Brade, born and raised in Waiblingen, Germany, grew up with music as an integral part of his family life. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and later decided to pursue his musical career seriously. He moved to Boston to enroll in a four-year program in Jazz Performance on drumset at Berklee College of Music. During this time, he was exposed to many different world music rhythms, which strongly influenced his playing style. In 2006 Andreas received his masters in Modern American Music with distinction from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a performer Andreas has played at many venues and festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, the Blue Note, the Apollo Cafe to name a few. In 2008 Andreas moved to Brooklyn where he is busy performing, teaching and working as an accompanist at the Martha Graham School, the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Joffery Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey School. He has taught at Berklee College of Music, the Community Music Center of Boston, the South Shore Conservatory, the Boston Arts Academy and is member of the VicFirth educational team. In 2000 Andreas received the Marilla MacDill Award for excellence in teaching and community service.