Troy University alumnus Tom Brown has been named the Georgia Music Educators Association State Music Educator of the Year for 2008-2009.
Brown, who received his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1978 and his master’s degree in 1993, is the band director of Jeff Davis High School in Hazlehurst, GA. He was selected from more than 3,000 music teachers statewide and was singled out for his many accomplishments at Jeff Davis High School. The award was presented at the GMEA State In-Service Conference held January 29-31 in Savannah.
In recognizing Brown, GMEA President Richard Bell listed his accomplishments to the many music teachers present at the convention:
“Mr. Brown has been a Band Director for the past 31 years in Florida, Alabama and Georgia,” Bell said. “In addition to his school life, he has served the Georgia Music Educators Association as the District 8 Instrumental Chair for four years, served four years as District 8 Representative on the GMEA Board of Directors and has been recently nominated for Vice-President for All-State.”
Jeff Davis High School is located in rural South Georgia and has a student population of only 750 students. The JDHS Marching Band has never received less than a Superior rating under his direction. The JDHS Marching Band has also been invited to perform its halftime shows at Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University and Troy University. The Jeff Davis Wind Ensemble has never received less than all Superior ratings playing level V and VI literature during his tenure. The Jeff Davis Band has been invited to perform twice at the Southeastern U.S. Concert Band Clinic at TROY. In 2007, the Jeff Davis Wind Ensemble was invited to perform for the second time at the GMEA State In-Service Conference, one of the few small school bands to ever be invited. In 2008, the Jeff Davis Wind Ensemble was named an Honor Band of Georgia by Columbus State University, as well as being invited to perform at the University of Georgia January Music Festival. This year, the Jeff Davis Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the SEUS Clinic in Alabama for an unprecedented third time.