Trumpeter | Educator
A native of Macon, GA, Michael Shannon Brown Jr. currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Georgia and the Chamber Music Coordinator and Brass Coach at North Paulding High School. Michael’s passion for music education has led him to create the Relative Pitch Podcast along with his two co-hosts that discusses modern issues regarding music education, programming, and what it takes to become a modern musician. Through this endeavor, Relative Pitch presented a session entitled “Pushing for Change from the Inside: Bringing Equity to Middle and High School Bands” at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. A recent graduate of Western Michigan University, Michael earned his Master’s of Music in Trumpet Performance under the tutelage of Professor Scott Thornburg and Dr. Robert White. While at WMU, Michael served as a teaching assistant for the trumpet studio, performed with the graduate brass quintet, taught high brass method courses, and helped the music education faculty with pre-intern teachers.
Michael has performed various solo and chamber recitals throughout Georgia and Michigan. As a soloist, Michael has been featured with the Jones County Symphonic Band and the North Paulding High School Brass Choir. As an educator, Michael has taught private lessons throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. His students are frequently seen in District and All-State Honor Bands. Others have earned positions in collegiate studios at Kennesaw State University, Colgate University, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Georgia.
Whenever Michael is not performing or teaching, he can be found on the nearest golf course or relaxing with his wonderful Olde English bulldog, Jager.