Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Eric A. Brown,
Musician 1st Class Eric Brown, from La Porte, Texas, joined the Navy Band in April 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in 2006. Prior to joining the Navy Band he was pursuing a Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also attended the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in 2003 and 2004. Prominent teachers include Charles Geyer, Michael Sachs, Barbara Butler, James Austin, and Tom Booth.
In summer 2000 he was appointed principal trumpet of the acclaimed World Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, Mich. He was a rare brass finalist in an environment usually dominated by pianists, woodwinds, and string players that summer. He later won the 2001 Pasadena (Texas) Philharmonic Society concerto competition, was runner-up in the concerto competition at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in 2004, was a finalist in the 2004 Northwestern University concerto competition, won the 2005 National Trumpet Competition, and was a semifinalist in the 2006 Ghitalla International Trumpet Classic. Additionally, his brass quintet was a semifinalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2005.
Brown is a member of the Concert Band stage crew, the team responsible for set-up and tear-down of the countless local concert band performances and the annual national tour. When not performing, he enjoys trap and sporting clays shooting, and is an active competitor in the International Defensive Pistol Association and the United States Practical Shooting Association.