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Greg Brown

Position: Retiring Instrumental Music Teacher
School: Northgate High School
School District: Mt. Diablo Unified School District
City, State: Walnut Creek, CA

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Greg Brown was nominated by his principal, Kelly Cooper.

Mr. Brown has served as the instrumental music director at Northgate High School for 24 years, running six different programs each year, including two competitive Jazz Bands. His Jazz program has been recognized at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festivals, and his musicians have been honored by being accepted into the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for several years, among many other accolades. His musicians have gone on to play in college, professionally, and for the military.

Mr. Brown has created a wonderful, professional program, and his musicians are incredibly prepared for careers in music and performance. He teaches music theory, history, performance, and composition, and his students' excellence is absolutely remarkable. His work in music during the pandemic has been exemplary - check out this virtual performance video for an example.