A longtime friend of Big Shot Records founder Brian Choper, A native of Southern New Jersey, Lou Durham has been playing piano and composing music for nearly 50 years. He Graduated Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ Class of 1972. He holds degrees in commercial/jazz piano with a minor in composition, arranging and history, and a minor in Middle East politics and religion.
After college, from 1972 through 1986, Lou played music up and down the east coast performing at resorts and casinos. He then auditioned and was accepted into the US Army as a pianist and toured with the band, traveling the country with the 214th Army Band, Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1994 Lou won the audition for the prestigious and elite US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC where he made it a career move to perform as a pianist for President Bill Clinton, high ranking dignitaries, officers and members of congress, and actually spent six of those years as Vice President Al Gore’s personal pianist, performing wherever the Vice President requested his services. Some of these notable moments include being commissioned to either perform or write Grammy nominated music for many major shows including DC ́s 1812 Concert on the Mall, performances for Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Senator Ted Kennedy and Colin Powell, and at one point played for the King and Queen of Sweden. He has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Lew Solo , Dennis DiBlasio, Dave Koz, Darryl Worley, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan, The Soul Survivors, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergast’ and many more. Recordings include 4 CD’s of patriotic music, including and featuring two title tracks he composed. He scored a composition featured in the award winning documentary, “Why We Fight”. Lou retired from the military after 23 years as a Master Sergeant, and is now performing with Brian Choper and his Jazz band.