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Brad 5x05
General Information
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Strawberry-Blond
Occupations: Piano player for New Directions
Aliases: Tinkles, Knuckles (April)
Mr. Piano Man (Sue)
Furniture, Man/Child Piano Player, James (Santana)
Hottie (Sugar)
Family & Friends
Friends: Will Schuester
Sue Sylvester
Enemies: New Directions (possibly former)
Other Information
Series Information
First episode: Pilot
Last episode: We Built This Glee Club
Portrayer: Brad Ellis

Brad is 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 rehearsal of Le Freak, and later plays Gold Digger with an electric keyboard. (Showmance)

He plays during the choreography lesson. (Acafellas)

He plays Tonight in the auditorium as Tina sings. (Preggers)

He plays Maybe This Time. Brad is also shown in cowboy attire for Last Name. (The Rhodes Not Taken)

He plays Halo/Walking on Sunshine. (Vitamin D)

He plays No Air and Hate on Me. (Throwdown)

He plays Bust a Move. (Mash-Up)

He plays Defying Gravity. He is also seen in a wheelchair when the New Directions members are practicing using them. (Wheels)

We find out his name is Brad right before he plays Endless Love. (Ballad)

He plays at the "Hairography" lesson. (Hairography

He plays Smile (Lily Allen). (Mattress)

He plays And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going for Mercedes. Later on, he plays My Life Would Suck Without You. (Sectionals)

He plays Hello, I Love You. (Hell-O)

He plays Borderline/Open Your Heart. (The Power of Madonna')

He plays in A House Is Not a Home. (Home)

At the end, plays Total Eclipse of the Heart. (Bad Reputation)

He plays The Climb. (Laryngitis)

He is present when Tina announces her partner. (Dream On)

He appears when Rachel calls for him and plays Poker Face. (Theatricality)

He watches Quinn perform It's a Man's Man's Man's World. (Funk)


He plays all the songs in the New Directions' Regionals set-list. (Journey)

He plays Listen. (Audition)

Brad plays Sing! for Mike and Tina during duets week. (Duets)

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)

Brad plays Need You Now for Rachel and Puck. (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle)

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.
Brad excited

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)

Brad's expression is shown when Jake is overwhelmed by the looks of the New Directions. He later plays Everytime for Marley as she sings it. (Britney 2.0)

Brad plays Born to Hand Jive during the final Grease call backs. (The Role You Were Born to Play)

He plays Holding Out for a Hero for Marley and Kitty. (Dynamic Duets)

Brad speaks for the first time in the series when he vents to Sue how much he hates Glee Club and is glad to be free now that they don't own the choir room. He explains that he gets really annoyed when all of them say "Hit it!" as if they assume that he knows what they want to sing or dance to. (Swan Song)

He's at the wedding and plays the organ when Sue comes out. (I Do)

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)

He can be seen playing the piano during You Have More Friends Than You Know. (Sweet Dreams)

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)

Brad is seen playing during the Wide Awake performance. (A Katy or A Gaga)

Brad is seen playing during Unique's performance of If I Were a Boy. (The End of Twerk

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 beginning of I Love LA. (City of Angels)

Brad is seen playing the piano during. (100)

Brad is seen playing during (New Directions)

Brad appears in this episode, and it is revealed that he keeps photos of women's feet. (The Hurt Locker, Part One)

Brad is ordered by Sue to play the piano in the auditorium while singing The Final Countdown with Will. (The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester)

Brad is only seen playing the piano while Jesse and Rachel sing Listen to Your Heart. (We Built This Glee Club)


  • 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.

Rachel Berry, Theatricality

He's just furniture. Sorry, no offense.

Santana Lopez, Rumours

Hit it, hottie.

Sugar Motta, The Purple Piano Project

I'm 1000% sure that our man-child piano player keeps a petite Eurasian locked in a trunk under his bed.

Santana, Saturday Night Glee-ver

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 to Sue, Swan Song

Brad: You're early.
Blaine: Geez! Oh, Brad! You scared the crap out of me! Warn me before you talk! -- I'm sorry, man. I'm having a bad week.
Brad: Tell me about it. I can't stop playing online blackjack. I owe thousands of dollars to some very sketchy people.
Blaine: Why doesn't anyone listen to me? I'm in 23 clubs! I probably would've been prom king if this school didn't have so many stoners. And what's wrong with having a solid game plan?
Brad: My house is getting foreclosed on.

—Brad and Blaine, Puppet Master


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