The saxophonist and flutist Tom Brown claims to have had his mind blown in New York City after arriving there fresh from his Iowa home. He first hit the big city for a special program at the Manhattan School of Music when he was a junior in high school, and things were never the same. The lad saw his destiny: to be a musician and live and work in New York City. He got his degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and while studying there he received an award from Down Beat magazine for outstanding performance in the collegiate jazz band category. Soon he realized that vision from his youth, initially getting musical employment in New York City at the Edison Recording Studios as well as the inevitable freelance gigs with wedding and club bands. He also taught private music lessons. On the prowl for something a bit more challenging, he bit his reed at the chance to join up with Ants Marching, a Long Island band that specializes in the material of the Dave Matthews Band. The group's name is taken from one of Matthews' trademark ditties.