He at first performed with rock bands, but continued to listen to recordings of Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. Michael Brecker played with some of his friends and classmates during high school. They performed on local scene; Eric Gravatt, a drummer who later played with McCoy Tyner, Marc Copeland, a piano player and Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone. He had lot of other interests beside jazz; very good at basketball and interested in biology (he had subscription to Scientific American). Confused with all those different occupations at that point in his life Michael Brecker was going to study medicine.
Following his brother Michael Brecker we University of Indiana at Bloomington at the age of eighteen, deciding for a major in Fine Arts rather than music, because he was curios to experience something other than music. At that time his brother, Randy Brecker, already moved to New York and was very active as a musician.
Although, he played jazz during in his high school days, Michael Brecker still was uncertain if he wanted to be a musician. He played often with Randy Sandke, trumpet player, his schoolmate with same doubts about pursuing carrier as a musician.