|This article is about Brad. You may be looking for Glee's co-creator, Brad Falchuk, or the actor who portrays this character, Brad Ellis.|
|Occupation(s):||Piano player for New Directions|
|Aliases:|| Tinkles, Knuckles (April) |
Mr. Piano Man (Sue)
Furniture, Man/Child Piano Player, James (Santana)
|Family & Friends|
|Enemies:||New Directions (possibly former)|
Brad is the omnipresent and skilled piano player for New Directions. He is seen during almost every number in the background, playing the piano or mini keyboard. Notably, he is occasionally seen on piano in songs with absolutely no piano part in their accompaniment. He seems to follow the New Directions members around, in the hope of an impromptu performance, to the point that in Theatricality, he appears when Rachel calls him. Shelby is surprised, but Rachel dismisses his presence by commenting, "He's always around." It is also notable that we never hear Brad speak until Swan Song where he vents to Sue how much he hates the kids.
Brad plays Respect, Mr. Cellophane, I Kissed a Girl, and On My Own, during Mercedes, Kurt, Tina, and Rachel's auditions. Later, he plays the piano during the rehearsal of Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat and You're the One That I Want.
He plays during the choreography lesson.
He plays Tonight in the auditorium.
He plays Halo/Walking on Sunshine.
He plays Bust a Move.
He plays Defying Gravity. He is also seen in a wheelchair when the New Directions members are practicing using them.
We find out his name is Brad right before he plays Endless Love.
He plays at the "Hairography" lesson.
He plays Smile (Lily Allen).
He plays Hello, I Love You.
He plays Borderline/Open Your Heart.
He plays in A House Is Not a Home.
At the end, plays Total Eclipse of the Heart.
He plays The Climb.
He is present when Tina announces her partner.
He appears when Rachel calls for him and plays Poker Face.
He watches It's a Man's Man's Man's World.
He plays all the New Directions Journey songs.
He plays Listen.
When Santana performs a love song for Brittany, she tells her to disregard Brad, and calls him furniture, before adding "no offense." Brad shrugs in a blasé manner, becoming one of the first few people who know that Santana is a lesbian, but keeping it a secret.
Brad plays Big Spender on a purple piano for Sugar Motta, who tells him to "hit it hottie" and pats him on the head. Later, he plays on another purple piano for the glee club's performance of You Can't Stop the Beat.Finn and Rachel kiss in the choir room, he is seen with an expression of dislike on his face.
Brad is accompanying the Booty Camp full of inattentive members. When Sue takes Mercedes' phone after Mercedes states that she's "Donating to the Obama campaign" and proceeds to smash it because she was texting, Brad excitedly pumps his fist in the air with a smile on his face.
Santana is extolling her confidence that she is going to be famous, and adds that she's also "1000% sure that our man-child piano player keeps a petite Eurasian locked in a trunk under his bed." Brad silently tilts his head in confusion or irritation.
He's at the wedding and plays the organ when Sue comes out.
Ryder enters with Marissa, giving Brad a handshake seeming like they have a good relationship with each other. He plays Your Song for him to try to impress Marissa whom he thought it was Katie the whole time. Later on Jake suggests that he might be the one catfishing Ryder.
He can be seen playing the piano during You Have More Friends Than You Know.
- He appears in nearly every episode.
- Is credited with the musicians rather than the actual cast.
- He's just always around to play for the Glee members.
- He is known for wearing black clothes.
- He speaks for the first time in Swan Song.
- He hates the Glee Club, as mentioned in Swan Song. However, his hatred of them is first hinted at in Big Brother when he silently cheers after Sue throws Mercedes' cellphone and breaks it.
Brad! *sees Shelby's shocked face* He's always just... around.
He's just furniture. Sorry, no offense.
Hit it, hottie.
I'm 1000% sure that our man-child piano player keeps a petite Eurasian locked in a trunk under his bed.
Sue Sylvester? I cannot thank you enough. I can't tell you how much I hate those kids. Do you know how demeaning it is when they just turn to you and yell "hit it," and you're just supposed to know what song they're gonna sing? I'm free. I'm free!