Michal Brauhn Damm is a percussion performer, arranger, published composer, and educator from southeast Iowa. She has performed and toured across the country with groups such as the University of Iowa Steel Band, where she played for small communities and school districts to help promote the education of steel pan. Michal Brauhn played drum set for the Iowa Steel Band 2018 album, Jungle Music, which featured world renowned pan artist, Andy Narell. Brauhn was also the staff drummer for Andy Narell at the Morgantown Ellie Mannette steel pan festival in the summer of 2018. Brauhn received second place in the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra 2015 Young Artist Competition, as well as third place in the University of Iowa Voxman School of Music Scholarship Competition.
Michal Brauhn Damm received her Bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Dan Moore. She played in the Hawkeye Marching Band, Jazz Repertoire Ensemble, University of Iowa Steel Band, University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble, where she improved her chamber, solo, and ensemble skills.
Michal Brauhn Damm received her Masters in Percussion Performance at the University of Arizona with Dr. Morris Palter. As a Teaching Assistant for the percussion program, she taught the University of Arizona Steel Band, as well as undergraduate lessons.
Michal Brauhn Damm is currently a freelance musician in Norman, OK. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where she teaches individual lessons, the Beginner Steel Band and the Brazilian Percussion Ensemble.
As a growing musician, Brauhn is always open to new performance opportunities. She is well versed in arranging, transcribing, and composing for steel band, solo marimba, percussion chamber ensembles, and more. She is currently published through Tapspace with her 2022 marimba duet, Big Springs.