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Adairsville HIgh School director of bands inspires students
by Monica Burge
February 12, 2013 02:48 PM | 3086 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville High School Director of Bands Kevin Brown
Adairsville High School Director of Bands Kevin Brown
Rows of gleaming trophies line the walls of the band room at Adairsville High School.

They are a testament to the rich music history at the school.

It’s a history that director of bands, Kevin Brown hopes to continue under his watch.

Brown joined the school’s staff in 2010 in hopes of rejuvenating the then fledgling program.

Over the course of the past three years, Brown said he has not only seen a rise in interest, but an outpouring of community support for the schools bands.

“Before I came the bands were kind of suffering and there was a revolving door with band directors,” Brown said. “We’ve done some great things. It’s not always easy, but I’ve been very blessed. I’ve been able to do some really amazing things.”

Brown said when he took over; the band had only 30 students in the program.

That number has more than doubled to 70 he said.

Brown, who is over the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz band and quartets, has his hands full but said inspiring his students’ passion for music is his primary mission.

“Success is a journey, not a destination,” Brown said. “I tell my students that I’m an educator first, band director second. So they understand that I’m not just concerned about them as they are immersed in the band. I understand that the majority of them will not play after high school, so whatever skills, lessons that I can give them while they are here in my presence, I’m going to try to do.”

Brown said he looks to make a lasting impression on his students, much in the same way his band director did.

“I saw the impact,” said Brown, who earned his band stripes as a student playing the tuba.

Originally from South Carolina, Brown graduated from Newberry College in 2001 and has been affiliated with programs across metro Atlanta.

Brown said he hopes to continue to grow the program at Adairsville.

He hopes to hold more performances, add more students have the band represented at the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association and hold more performances.

“I want Adairsville to be Adairsville, but I want them to think outside Adairsville,” Brown said. “I’ve had small programs but I’ve always thought big.”

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