Pianist, Composer, Producer and Music philosopher
Two-time American Song Festival Award winner Bud Mayer, resides in Niagara Falls, NY where he serves as music director for First United Methodist Church and the Retired Men’s Service Club Chorus, as well as a soloist and keyboardist for Western New York area bands. An Ohio native, Mayer studied the piano with, well-known Cleveland pianist and Art Tatum scholar, Joe Howard.
Furthering his musical education, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Hartt College of Music which included jazz workshops with saxophonist, Jackie McLean. He also studied in New York City with prominent arranger, Don Sebesky. For over three decades he has performed as a piano soloist, accompanist and bandleader in the USA and Europe – including with jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell at the legendary Tralfamadore Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. Mayer says, “I’ve had many great experiences, but a major highlight in my life was playing the piano for Dave Brubeck at his home in Wilton, Connecticut”. He has also written and performed music for theater, radio & TV and worked with major music and sound industry manufacturers in product development, marketing and distribution. He also served on the board of the Niagara Interfaith Chorale.
A music industry veteran for over 25 years, he worked as a manager and consultant for leading manufactures and suppliers including, C. Bruno and Son, Kaman Music, Yorkville Sound and A-Line Acoustics.
Past engagements include performances for The American Heart Association, Niagara Hospice, Buffalo Children’s Hospital, WNED Buffalo-Niagara Guitar Festival, Niagara Falls Country Club, Niagara University, Seneca Niagara Casino and popular “Fridays@Noon” summer concerts held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls where he performed his own music along with works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Joplin, Gershwin and others.
A CD of original piano music, “Bud Mayer at the Piano” was released in 2003.