As a double bassist, Sam Brown is a performer driven to explore many genres of music. This drive has led him to perform in jazz bands, bluegrass groups, rock bands, contemporary chamber ensembles, and orchestras. These ensembles range from the Albuquerque Jazz Workshop Honor Band to a Baltimore-based bluegrass ensemble named “Branch Alley” to the New Mexico Philharmonic. He believes that one cannot express what he or she desires in music without a technical mastery of the instrument, which has led him to attend an intensive four-week music academy named Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada.
Sam is a passionate and positive teacher who has experience teaching in a variety of settings, including an elementary sectional setting where he taught 3rd, 4th and 5th graders how to play the violin, viola, cello, and the bass, and in both an elementary and middle school orchestral setting where he taught 3rd through 8th graders practicing tools, to listen, and to play together.
Sam’s playing has lead him to perform in master classes with Harold Robinson, Paul Ellison, Ali Yazdanfar, and Nicholas Walker. Sam has also taken double bass lessons with David Allen Moore, Scott Dixon, Nicholas Walker, Etienne Lafrance, Paul Ellison, Alex Jacobsen, Miles B. Davis, Craig Brown, Kevin Casseday, and Aaron Robertson. Sam has also taken piano lessons with Lura Johnson.
Sam received his Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with Paul Johnson and Ira Gold. He also completed his Music Ed Certification for grades K-12 from Peabody. He attended festivals including Le Domaine Forget, and the University of New Mexico Summer Music Institute. Other major teachers include Mark Tatum, Art Sheinberg, Frank Murray, Pat Moulds.
Sam leads a life filled with books, goofy pets, the greatest of friends, a fantastic family, and the most wonderful fiancé.