Tom Brown

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There is a tiny bit of Tom Brown in every drummer -- that is, if they've done their homework. The man wrote literally dozens of practice studies and etudes that are likely to be found either collecting…
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There is a tiny bit of Tom Brown in every drummer -- that is, if they've done their homework. The man wrote literally dozens of practice studies and etudes that are likely to be found either collecting dust or propped up on a music stand, eagerly at the wait, in the homes of those creatures of the night known as percussionists. Brown also had a career as a studio orchestrator, arranger, and conductor, though he seems to have been rarely credited for his efforts. He studied formally at Hartwick College and the State University of New York College in Potsdam, and wound up teaching not all that far away from his home town of Schenectady at both a community college and high school.

Brown's most prestigious positions over the years have been as clinician for the Ludwig drum manufacturers and as a solo percussionist for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the latter capacity he has performed with the likes of Andy Williams, Liberace, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and even comedian Red Skelton. Brown is the leader of Strike Force, a percussion ensemble that performs regularly in the northeastern United States. He also plays percussion for the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Brown was the founder and director of the Eastern U.S. Music Camp, worked as a staff member with the Stan Kenton Clinics, directed the National Stage Band Camps, and has served as president of the New York State chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. His list of published compositions numbers over 100, and he has been awarded by the ASCAP performing rights society for this series of percussion compositions.