B i o g r a p h y
Austin Birdy grew up in San Antonio, Texas and began studying music at the age of 6. His musical upbringing came primarily through the marching arts, eventually touring nationally with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2011 and 2012 seasons before moving to Boston, MA to further his studies. Austin was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2017.
Austin has studied extensively with internationally recognized musicians like Nancy Zeltsman, Doug Perkins, Keith Aleo, Samuel Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, Henrique de Almeida, and has been coached by Grammy winning artists like composer John Luther Adams, and percussionist Matt Duvall of Eighth Blackbird. Additionally, he has also attended percussion festivals and masterclasses on the east coast like Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar, as well as the Cloyd Duff Timpani Masterclass.
Austin has performed hundreds of shows in the Northeast with various bands and ensembles, from bar gigs and corporate events to major productions at the Tony award winning Huntington Theatre Company. Performing with artists like Dawn Cantwell from Wicked and Sting's The Last Ship, jazz-trombonist Bob McChesney (Ray Charles. Michael Jackson, Arturo Sandoval), Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion, and on bills with acts like Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour. Additionally, Austin has travelled around the US on multiple tours and performed at festivals like South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Austin was fortunate to work under world renowned directors and production designers like Michael Greif (Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal), and Michael McElroy (Rent, Next to Normal, The Who's Tommy) while in the cast of the IRNE award-winning production Man in The Ring by Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box, Mr. Robot USA Network)