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
Stephen has been 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.
As a performer, Stephen focused primarily on the saxophone, but has professional experience in guitar, vocals, clarinet, and keys. 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.
Susanna Robison – Office Manager
Susanna makes things run smooth at Utah Live Bands. She helps coordinate important processes like contracting, invoicing, paying our musicians, sales meetings, and many other logistics important to keeping ULB efficient. Not only that, but Susanna is our resident “pit boss” and manages all of our casino-parties.
Needless to say, she’s important, super good at her job, and we love her 🙂
Jordan Robbins – Booking Agent
Jordan is one our talented agents who helps clients navigate to the best band for their events. Jordan is also the band leader for one of our most popular bands, the Salamanders. Our clients tell us all of the time how much they love working with Jordan.
Jordan started performing shows for Lagoon Amusement park in his youth and never stopped. He is an expert in musical performances and has performed all over the globe for large corporate events, concerts, and shows.
Jefferson Tuke – Booking Agent
Jefferson is another one of our talented booking agents. He has a wealth of experience in both the business world and the performing world. At Utah Live Bands, he brings a visionary outlook on how we can be perpetually making our bands, customer service, and products the very best.
Jefferson’s first soiree into the major performing world began when his band signed with Sony Records in his youth. Since then, he’s performed all over the world for audiences large and small. He’s also acquired experience in the business world and has founded, owned, and sold several successful businesses. Jefferson is currently a part-owner and front-man in the Groove Merchants band