George Brown
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George Brown

Adjunct Professor, Timpani

BM University of Kentucky

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Biography

Internationally acclaimed Timpanist George Brown was born in Kentucky, graduated from Culver Military Academy and received his formal music training at the University of Louisville. His percussion teachers have included Cloyd Duff, James Rago, Paul Williamson, and Dr. John Baldwin.

In 1974, Mr. Brown became timpanist for the U. S. Coast Guard Band, soon joining the US Armed Forces Bicentennial Band where he performed in all fifty states and much of North America during our nation's 200th birthday festivities. For his contribution to the Band's mission, the Pentagon awarded Brown its prestigious Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Returning to Univ. of Louisville in the late 70's, he was also a percussionist for the Louisville Orchestra and the 202nd Army Band. In 1980, he moved to Colorado Springs, becoming timpanist of both the Orqu├ęsta Sinfonica de Mineria, (Mexico City) and the Colorado Springs Symphony. During that period, he also performed with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the Denver (now the Colorado) Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Brown joined the Utah Symphony in 1987 as Principal Timpanist. He brings more than 25 years of teaching experience to the University's Percussion Department and is active throughout the west as a Clinician & Performing Artist for Evans & Yamaha. He is also Creative Consultant to MB Mallets.

In 2004, he was soloist with the Utah Symphony in the world premiere of Dan Welcher's "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra," a work he commissioned along with the Utah Symphony. The Welcher Concerto was later nominated for both the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award.

Courses Taught

  • Timpani - Private Lessons