Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
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Fifteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer is nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing. Having performed at some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist and singer-songwriter already has earned quite a reputation.
It started at age 8, when Niederauer watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, he instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From then on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Four years later, he was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in School of Rock, the Tony Award–nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical.
Based in New York City, Niederauer has played with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he has shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge. He also has performed with Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, and Jon Batiste, among many others.
Since making his national television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 10, Niederauer has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and the View. In 2018, he reunited with Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at the Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration; and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Niederauer is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.