World-renowned percussionist and recording artist Michael Bayard is a native of Flushing, Queens, New York City, where at age 12 he began his percussion career by practicing diligently on a rubber drum pad in his basement. He continued his musical studies at the Juilliard School, where he was accepted on full scholarship at age 15. One year later, he performed his Carnegie Hall debut on solo percussion with the New York Youth Symphony.
At age 18, Mr. Bayard was admitted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, also on full scholarship. During his tenure at Curtis, Mr. Bayard performed under the batons of many internationally-celebrated conductors – including Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta.
Two weeks after graduating Curtis, from a class of sixteen, Mr. Bayard headed west, appointed to the position of principal percussionist with the Sacramento Symphony, a post he held for 17 years.
In addition to performing over 2000 classical and contemporary music concerts over the years, Mr. Bayard has performed on percussion and drum set with many legendary popular musicians - including Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, Tony Bennett, and the late Henry Mancini, Mel Tormè, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.
Additionally, Mr. Bayard is an international recording artist, a published author, critically-acclaimed composer and engaging speaker. Mr. Bayard’s highly successful percussion program “Rhythm Magic” has been described as “innovative, vibrant, enlightening, dynamic and energizing.” With over 125 performances a year since the inception of Rhythm Magic in 1994, Mr. Bayard has inspired over 2 million adults and students throughout America.
Mr.Bayard's deep, reflective and soul-stirring musical arrangements can be heard on his latest CD releaase titled "Midnite Supper - Music for Healing." These musical arrangements seduce the senses with their dream like mystery and deep-felt beauty.