Michael W. Brookins and Friends

Capitol View Library

Michael W. Brookins and Friends

A Concert in Celebration of 2016 African American History Month

In recognition of African American History Month, come out and enjoy the smooth gospel and jazz music of Michael W. Brookins and Friends.

Mr. Brookins earned his B.A. degree from Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Md. 

His training in music began at age 9 in his hometown of Joilet, Ill. He was inspired to play the piano after he had attended a performance by legendary artist, Eddie Robinson, a piano virtuoso who became an accompanist for gospel great Mahalia Jackson and who played at the White House for five U.S. Presidents while traveling with the gospel singer for 17 years.

In the mid-1980s as a teenager, Mr. Brookins served as the piano accompanist for the Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University combined Workshop Choir Concert. Later, he conducted annual concerts at a Haitian Church on Chicago’s South Side. 

In addition to working as a chaplin at the Larkin Chase Care and Rehabilitation Center (Bowie, Md.), he has served as Director of Drama and Arts at the New Beginnings Community Church (Bowie, Md.) and led the Male Chorus at Union Bethel AME Church (Brandywine, Md.).  

In the Washington metropolitan area,  Mr. Brookins has shared his musical talents in homeless shelters, youth correctional facilities, libraries and other institutions. Of particular note, he played at the Democratic National Debate at The George Washington University in 2007. 

Before Mr. Robinson's death in April 2014, Mr. Brookins had the honor of collaborating with the gospel pioneer on the single release, “Gleaming Hope.”

You do not want to miss this free "food for the soul" gospel/jazz concert at the Capitol View Library on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.