|This article is about Brad. You may be looking for Brad Falchuk or 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|
|Friends:|| Will Schuester|
|Enemies:||New Directions (possibly former)|
|Last appearance:||New Directions|
Brad was the omnipresent and skilled pianist for the New Directions. He was seen during almost every number in the background, playing the piano or mini keyboard. Notably, he was occasionally seen sitting by the piano during songs with absolutely no piano part in their accompaniment. He seemed to follow the New Directions members around just in case 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 Brad does not speak until Swan Song, in which he vents to Sue how much he hates the kids.
He is portrayed by Brad Ellis.
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. (Pilot)
He plays during the choreography lesson. (Acafellas)
He plays at the "Hairography" lesson. (Hairography
He plays The Climb. (Laryngitis)
He is present when Tina announces her partner. (Dream On)
He plays all the songs in the New Directions' Regionals set-list. (Journey)
Brad plays Ohio for Sue and Doris Sylvester. He is later shown to be in the audience at the wedding ceremony of Burt and Carole, and at the reception, he is shown performing Just the Way You Are. (Furt)
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. (Rumours)
Brad was a chaperone at prom. He wore a black suit with a white vest and bow tie. (Prom Queen)
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. (The Purple Piano Project')During the Finn and Rachel kiss in the choir room, he is seen with an expression of dislike on his face. (Heart)
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. (Big Brother)
Santana is extolling her confidence that she is going to be famous, and adds that she's also "100% 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. (Saturday Night Glee-ver)
Ryder enters with Marissa, giving Brad a handshake, suggesting 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. (Shooting Star)
Brad is first seen in the choir room when Will gives the New Directions and alumni a chance to bid farewell to Finn. He is seen briefly taking a suggestion from Mercedes, after which he plays I'll Stand by You for her. Brad also plays during Rachel's Make You Feel My Love performance. (The Quarterback)
Blaine is startled as he enters the Choir Room and Brad starts talking to him. Blaine admits that he has a bad week and Brad tells him that he can talk about it. They have a short conversation about all their problems. Brad reveals that he owes people thousands of dollars thanks to his online blackjack addiction. As a result, his house is getting foreclosed on. (Puppet Master)
Brad is seen playing the piano during. (100)
Brad is seen playing during (New Directions)
- He is credited with the musicians rather than the actual cast.
- He always seems to be present when a song needs to be played.
- He is known for wearing black clothes.
- So far, he has spoken twice. First time was in Swan Song, and the second in Puppet Master.
- 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.
- It appears that his feelings changed as of Shooting Star when Ryder greeted him friendly with a handshake which Brad happily accepts.
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!
Brad: You're early.