Austin Brown is a Dayton area native being born and raised in Centerville, Ohio. While attending Centerville High School (Class of 2010), Austin participated in almost every aspect that the band program offered to students (CJB, jazz ensembles, Wind Symphony, solo and ensemble, and pep band) in addition to playing in numerous ensembles around the Dayton area. In 2010, Austin was selected to play tuba in the Ohio All-State band. Also during this time, Austin became interested in composition and began writing works for small ensembles for CHS’s annual Original Night concert.
Austin graduated from Capital University in 2014 summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music education. Austin is a low brass specialist having majored on tuba and studied with Tony Zilincik. Notable music education teachers and mentors include Barry E. Kopetz and James Swearingen. In addition to taking music education coursework, Austin also studied music theory and composition with Dina Lentsner. While at Capital, Austin served as President for their OCMEA chapter and was heavily involved on campus in a variety of other organizations. Austin also won the 2013 Concerto Competition in instrumental conducting and was also awarded the Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Award in Music for outstanding musicianship and achievement. In 2014, Austin helped present on a panel of music educators at the 2014 OMEA Professional Development Conference regarding LGBT student inclusion in the music classroom. Austin is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.
After graduating from Capital, Austin accepted his first teaching position as an Assistant Band Director for Defiance CIty Schools in the summer of 2014. During this time, the middle school jazz ensemble and 8th Grade Varsity Band experienced growth in musicianship and recruitment. Under his direction, the 8th grade band went on to receive straight superior ratings in OMEA adjudicated performance in 2017 and 2018. During this time, Austin also received his first composition commission from the Ottawa-Glandorf High School band program. Miri It Is, Two Ways for concert band was composed and performed in 2018 with Austin guest conducting on the premiere concert.
In May of 2018, Austin was hired to be the next Band Director for Brookville Local Schools. His responsibilities include teaching 5-12 instrumental music, Brookville High School competition marching band, indoor drumline, pep band, history of American popular music, music technology, and music theory. Austin is extremely excited to be back in the Dayton area and be a Brookville Blue Devil!