A guitarist in local heavy-metal bands when he first started studying at the Lamont School of Music in the 1990s, Chris Broderick took a break from his studies when he was enlisted to play in Colorado-based band Jag Panzer in 1997. That led to a stint as a touring guitarist with Seattle-based band Nevermore, then to his current gig—lead guitarist for thrash-metal legend Megadeth, the band founded in 1983 by ousted Metallica member Dave Mustaine. Along the way, Broderick found time to finish his bachelor of music in 2005.

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