Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Michael J. Brown,
Musician 1st Class Michael Brown joined the Navy Band in 2011. Born in Chicago, Brown began his musical studies at age 6 with piano lessons from his mother. Ending them two weeks later, he also made an abortive attempt at cello before eventually moving to Knoxville, Tenn., at age 10 and settling on euphonium. Brown later learned trombone from a friend in high school marching band and attended the University of Michigan as a double music performance major, studying with Fritz Kaenzig and David Jackson. While at Michigan, Brown won first prize in the 2004 International Trombone Festival Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Brown went on to complete a master's degree in bass trombone at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with David Waters and became the only student in the school's history to win the concerto competition on euphonium.
Following graduate school, Brown spent three years as the bass trombonist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. Brown has also performed with the Houston, Detroit, San Antonio, Knoxville, Baton Rouge, and Haddonfield Symphonies. In his free time, Brown enjoys playing chamber music with friends, klezmer music with his family, cooking, eating, reading and watching movies.