Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr., music educator, visits District 3 Schools

Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr., music educator, visits Spartanburg District Three Schools
Posted on 09/07/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr., music educator, visits Spartanburg District Three SchoolsUzee Brown, Jr. a native of Cowpens, S.C. and a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School in Pacolet has come home to District Three to visit with students and encourage them to participate in the arts.  

Currently the chairman of the Department of Music at Morehouse College, he previously served as chair of Music at Clark Atlanta University, and director of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir in Atlanta, GA.  

Speaking to students at Middle School of Pacolet, Cowpens Middle and Broome High School, Brown encouraged them to explore the arts to broaden their horizons highlighting the many ways music has opened doors for him that otherwise may not have opened.  He also spoke about the importance of mentors in his life beginning in high school and throughout his career, encouraging students to listen to those who believe in them.

Brown’s diverse career as educator, singer/performer, composer/arranger, and choir director has taken him to more than twenty-six countries, including Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Luxembourg, Spain, , South America and the Caribbean, along with seven countries in Africa that, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia.  Brown is founder and director of the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, a choral ensemble comprised of some of the most gifted singers in metropolitan Atlanta.

In addition to writing music for two of Spike Lee’s movies, Brown has written works for National Public Radio and the Atlanta Symphony, including an orchestral setting for chorus of We Shall Overcome for the celebration of the 70th birthday of M.L. King, Jr.  

Dr. Brown is proud to return to his home town after 50 years, where he was a member of the Foster’s Grove Baptist Church, attended the Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School and in this year celebrates 50 years since graduation as Valedictorian from the Benjamin E. Mays High School.  Dr. Gettys D. Broome, for whom Broome High is named, was district superintendent when Brown graduated from B.E. Mays High School.
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