After having spent four years studying the piano, Brough began playing electric bass at age 11 as part of his family steel band, Pan Jam. His father, Ronald P. Brough, BYU percussion professor, had a profound influence on his musical development by exposing him and expecting him to be able to play a wide variety of world and ethnic music in his early years. Throughout his teenage years Brough received various outstanding soloist awards.
In 2005, Brough was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant which enabled him to compete at the International Society of Bassists, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Brough won second place at the competition and was asked to perform for an audience of nearly 1,000 bass players. The following semester, Brough was awarded another Oscarson Discovery Grant which enabled him to travel to Poland and study under bass master, Jacek Niedziela.
Brough was awarded with the Outstanding Instrumental Composition from the 2006 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for his original composition “I Don’t Know Why.” He currently is a bass player for the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.