Marcellus Brown is the Director of Bands at Boise State University and conducts the University Symphonic Winds and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. He teaches instrumental conducting and serves as the Director of the Boise State University Summer Chamber Music Camp. Under his direction the University Symphonic Winds has been recognized as one of the outstanding large wind ensembles in the Northwest. They have presented concerts at numerous Idaho State Music Educators Conferences, the Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Conference and the 2011 CBDNA National Conference held in Seattle, Washington. The Treasure Valley Concert Band has performed at the Western International Band Clinic and the All-Northwest Music Educators Conference. In March of 2015 the University Symphonic Winds was invited to perform at the 81 st Annual American Bandmasters Association National Convention. During the past five years this ensemble has commissioned and premiered four new works for wind band.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Brown holds a Masters of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan where he took conducting classes with Elizabeth Green. He has done doctorial work at the University of Illinois where he studied conducting with Harry Begian, Professor Emeritus of Bands.
Mr. Brown has done extensive work as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and has been a guest conductor and presenter at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has been recognized for his work and dedication as an educator at Boise State University as the recipient of the 2002 Excellence In Teaching Award presented by the LDS Student Association, the 2002 Faculty/Staff Larry G. Selland Humanitarian Award presented by the University Women’s Center and one of ten honored faculty to receive the 2003 & 2012 Top Ten Student Scholar Awards.
In 2006 Mr. Brown was elected into the American Bandmasters Association. He has served as President of the College Band Directors National Association Northwestern Division (2007-2009). In 2008 he was elected to a two-year term to serve on the board of the National Band Association. Currently Mr. Brown is serving on the selection panel for the National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Contest and was elected to a second two-year term on the Board of the National Band Association.