Class of 2007
Julian Bridges graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in 2016, where he received a BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation and a BM in Percussion Performance. The first student to receive this double-degree in percussion at Michigan, Bridges was the recipient of the Britton and Arnold Scholarships, the Presser Undergraduate Award, and was a James B. Angell Scholar. He also studied extensively at the National Conservatory of Paris, where he was a student in the Jazz Department. His performing career has led to performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Detroit Jazz Festival, and with ensembles and musicians including Benny Golson, Benny Green, and The Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Julian is currently a student at USC’s storied School of Cinematic Arts, where he is working towards his MFA in Film Directing.