The Utah Live Bands team

Our team of experienced professionals work hard to ensure the quality of our product and to make sure your event goes as smoothly as possible. We have some of the best and most professional people in the industry to help you find the best bands for hire in Utah. Read below to find out more about us:

Michael Tobian – Owner/CEO

As the owner of Utah Live Bands, Michael oversees the operation of the company and and is intimately and personally involved in quality control of every event.  Mike is a well known and influential figure in the music and entertainment industry in Utah.

Mike graduated in jazz studies as a music major at Brigham Young University.  There, he played lead tenor saxophone with Synthesis, BYU’s premier big band.  While a student, he received many national awards and honors including several hansom scholarships awarded by National Jazz Festivals from solo competitions.

As a local professional, he has booked and performed along side many of the biggest names in the music industry.  In 2005 he started Utah Live Bands (one of the premier and most trusted live music booking agencies in the western United States).

Mr. Tobian plays the saxophone, bass, drums, keys, clarinet and flute.  He is a faculty member at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University teaching music and directing bands.  He authored the textbook “Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation” used in the jazz improvisation class at UVU.


Stephen Tobian – General Manager / Sales

Stephen TobianStephen has been playing and performing since grade school.  Graduating from Brigham Young University in Jazz Studies was a milestone in his music performing career — just as graduating with his MBA was a milestone in his business career.  Since 2009, Stephen has managed operations at Utah Live Bands and coordinated the music for countless, high-profile events.  From international corporate events to weddings to City Concerts and Festivals, Stephen has experience coordinating (and performing for) the most prestigious of musical events.

As a performer, Stephen focused primarily on the saxophone, but has professional experience in guitar, vocals, clarinet, and keys.  As a student, he earned numerous “Outstanding Soloist” awards as well as placing in the top woodwind performers at the Utah State Fair.  Currently, Stephen performs with the Groove Merchants, Dance Doctors, Utah Swing Orchestra, and ULB Jazz Combos.  He continues to be one of the first-call jazz musicians in the state.

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Meredith Musser – Outbound Sales

Meredith comes to Utah Live Bands with experience in sales and customer service management.  She heads the outbound sales department and helps us foster and keep good relationships with the great vendors we work with.


Britani Bateman – Creative Director / Marketing

As a professional singer and dancer, Britani has traveled the world, performing in productions for Disney, the National Broadway Tour and other professional entertainment troupes.  As an actress she can be found playing the lead or supporting role in movies, commercials and TV shows all over.

Britani joined Utah Live Bands in 2012 primarily as a creative director and consultant for the bands owned and managed by Utah Live Bands.  Britani is also the lead singer and part owner of the Groove Merchants band.


Nikole Higgins – Communications Director 

Nikole is one of our media coordinators and works within Utah Live bands’ outreach sites (Utah Wedding Services & Utah Music Teachers).  She operates as a primary blogger for Utah Live and facilitates various vendor relationships with the company.

Nikole is also one of our videographer and photographers and has produced several of our promotional videos.

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Meryn – Office Assistant

Meryn is the office assistant.  She  comes to ULB with a background in  business to business services and custom project management.  She enjoys long walks on the beach.


Jeff  – Equipment Manager

Jeff keeps track of and inventories the equipment owned by Utah Live Bands.  He is in charge of making sure all equipment is set up on time and taken down properly for each event so things go smoothly.  Jeff is also in charge of getting an updated photo of himself for the website.