“I’m glad to see the band is growing,” the 52-year-old director said. “We’ve doubled the size of the marching band in the past few years.”
Brown stepped up from assistant band director to the Marching Band of Gold’s director after the school board unanimously approved his promotion at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
“I’m very honored to be here,” he said.
Before coming to Pell City, Brown worked as band director for Cherokee County High School for eight years. He has about 23 years working experience with high school bands, including the last five years with the Pell City High School band.
At one time, Brown played in Nashville as a professional percussionist.
“I was a musician for hire,” he said.
Brown, who is originally from Jacksonville, played for different groups and played across the country to audiences as small as 10 to as large as 10,000.
He received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University and received his master’s in administration from the University of Alabama.
Brown said the transition for him and the band students should be smooth, since he knows them all.
“I think it’s a tough situation when a new band director comes in that nobody knows,” he said. “I think this will be an easy transition for the kids.”
Brown is a member of Eden Westside Baptist Church, where he plays drums in the church band.
“I still play for hire,” he said, but said his time is limited with his high school job.
Brown is the principle percussionist for the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. He is also a timpanist for Celebration Winds, an adult concert band based in Hoover.
The new band director said he was friends with former Pell City band directors, including the late Ronny White.
“Hopefully, the things we do will create good citizens for our community,” Brown said. “I want to see the students grow musically, spiritually and maturely.”
He said the process of hiring a new assistant band director will begin immediately.
Brown said he hopes by the next board meeting, June 11, a new band assistant is hired by the school board.
“We would like to see the band continue to grow and prosper and be the kind of band the community would be proud to support,” he said.
Brown’s wife, Lisa, is originally from Alexandria, and his stepson, Michael, is a senior at Jacksonville State University.
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