Brad Kozak

Brad was born in Shreveport in 1957 to Marjorie Goff Kozak and Edward Kozak. Marjorie grew up in Gibsland, LA and was the youngest of seven children. One of her brothers worked in the drugstore in Arcadia and, on one occasion, sold cigars to Bonnie Parker. Brad's grandfather played with John Philip Sousa and was the first trumpet at the Palace Theater. His great grandfather came from Czechoslovakia and became a famous coronetist. During WWII, Edward joined the Navy and was the personal musician for Admiral Nimitz. After WWII, he became a touring musician and was booked at the Washington-Youree Hotel in Shreveport where he met and married Marjorie Goff. At the age of four, Brad began learning to play the drums. At twelve, he began selling cleaning products door to door so he could buy a bicycle. When he was in high school, his dad hired him to work in the family music business where he began teaching music. Brad attended Centenary College on a near full scholarship for stage band and played at the Centenary Gents basketball games, also playing for Bill Cosby Senior and Bill Cosby Junior in the All City Stage band. He later graduated from LSUS. He moved to Dallas and worked at a music store for a while and then ended up working for a computer store owned by Mark Cuban before going to work for a software company as the creative director. He started his own business, wrote a couple of books, got married, moved to Amarillo and then came back to Shreveport to take care of his dad. While he had other careers, he never stopped playing music. He came back to Shreveport-Bossier and played at LeBossier as the house drummer, with Gladys Knight and the Pips with Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra and jammed with George Benson and Ray Brown. At this time, he was teaching music lessons and playing at night. His dad was a great influence on him musically, as well as drummers Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Cal Tjader and Gary Burton, pianist Bill Evans, and Diana Krall. He loves the big band music written and played by Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson. He does not really have a favorite type of music but he loves movie scores. He has also been the musical director for Company at the Shreveport Little Theater. His favorite music artist is probably James Taylor on acoustic guitar and as a singer songwriter. He does some acting at Shreveport Little Theater and First Methodist and loves doing the shows. His favorite part of being a musician is the thrill of being able to create.