Brian Nalepka is one of the founding members of the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, who started performing together on the streets of NYC in 1978. They went on to perform in all 50 states and in over 1000 concerts under the auspices of Columbia Artists. The group had a 33 year partnership with Broadway’s Tommy Tune, which took their act around the world, including a State Department tour of the Soviet Union. Symphony “Pops” favorites, they’ve performed with 85 orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, many multiple times, including the Boston Pops, New York Pops, and Cincinnati Pops and orchestras in St. Louis, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, and Milwaukee, Seattle, Phoenix, and San Diego, to name a few. The were featured on the Emmy Award winning PBS “Celebrating Gershwin,” and with the Dallas Symphony’s “Happy Birthday George Gershwin.” It was with the MRK’s that Brian originated the role of “Moose” in the Tony Award winning Broadway Show “Crazy for You.”
Brian’s tuba, bass, accordion, bass sax and vocals can heard on movie and television soundtracks including, “The Joker,” “The Aviator,” Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” and “A Rainy Day In New York,” “Elf,” “Mixed Nuts,” “One Night Stand,””The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,””Everybody Wins,”Trial and Error.” Television credits include David Steinberg’s “Inside Comedy” (Theme music), and the PBS children’s show “Peg+Cat,” and Michael Moore’s “The Awful Truth.”
Brian has played on 6 albums Leon Redbone, and has performed with Melissa Manchester, Michelle Shocked, The Chapin Sisters, Barbara Cook, Deana Martin, Lucie Arnaz, Hal Linden, and Woody Allen amongst others.