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Leon B.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Beginners will learn how to hold and take care of their trumpet. I'll also teach how to get a sound out of the horn, reading music and some scales Intermediate students will polish their reading skills as well as learn the scales, arpeggios, flexibility and dexterity exercises to take their fluency on trumpet to the next level. Advanced players have the opportunity to learn how to expand their upper register, how to improvise in Jazz and/or whatever else the student would like to improve on their trumpet.
About Leon B.

I started playing the trumpet 30 years ago in my elementary school's concert band in New Orleans. Since 1993 I've been performing professionally around the world as a Jazz musician. The world has given me the opportunity to learn from world class musicians from the streets of New Orleans and Jackson Square to the classrooms of institutionalized learning. I studied for 2 years at the University of New Orleans,under the great jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis, after which I continued my professional career joining the oldest, still performing Jazz band in the world, The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band led ,at that time, by one of my mentors, Bob French. Simultaneously, I was asked to create and lead a horn section for the Latin Billboard Award winning/Grammy Nominated band Los Hombres Calientes . Also, from that time to present I perform around the world extensively as a featured trumpeter/vocalist performing The Music Of New Orleans . I began teaching professionally around 2011 when I joined the faculty at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music in New Orleans as the brass instructor where I also teach theory, brass class and a New Orleans style Brass Band Class. I've done clinics (internationally) and taught students of all ages. I really believe that when you have a desire to do something (like learn to play trumpet), your desire is a signal that you have the potential to be great at it! I’m excited to help you be great!

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2011


Jazz Performance

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Teaches ages 8+

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So before I started lessons with Leon, I was relatively new( self taught) a learning the trumpet and I was nervous about taking lessons. Mostly nervous because I didn't know what the instructor was going to have me change, and was nervous that the instructor wouldn't be understanding of my faults. Leon Brown during the first lesson showed me that although he was my teacher, he was also there to help me progress and get better as a player and person. Every lesson after that my nervousness became less and less and my confidence has grown within 5 lessons. I recommend Maestro Brown as a Trumpet teacher because he takes his time, makes sure you grasp the lesson, provides a comfortable atmosphere, and with hard work and dedication outside of the lesson, he will notice the work you put in. Take the chance, don't be scared to get started on your musical journey like I was and take a chance with Mr. Leon Brown. For me at least, I have not regretted my decision and will continue lessons with him for as long as I can! Cheers to all!

Posted Sep 14, 2017

Very valuable session. Leon has a calming and patient manner. I myself am a master's degree carrying teacher so I appreciate good instruction.

Posted Jan 10, 2017

Leon is the total package. He is a professional musician ( has his own Jazz quartet, checkout You Tube), a highly recognized musical instructor in the great city of New Orleans and very patient with his students individual abilities. He can make you into whatever level of trumpeter you aspire to if you do your part as a student. You will be fortunate and blessed to have him as a teacher.None better.

Posted Dec 21, 2016
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Faculty/Brass Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Don Jamison Heritage School of Music
Here I teach students the fundamentals of playing brass instruments, beginner music theory and New Orleans style Brass Band.
Sep 2011 - Nov 2016
The Jazz Playhouse
2016 I completed my residency there where I was giving weekly performances with my Jazz Quartet.
Jazz Performance
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
University of New Orleans
Certificate of Completion in Music with emphasis on Jazz
Sep 1993 - Jun 1996
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Native Proficiency
Musician of the Year Award
Apr 2012
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
2009 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble
Feb 2009
The Recording Academy
Jazz Education Network
Jan 2016
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
Red Rocks Music Festival
Oct 2013
The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Master classes and workshops enable young musicians to learn skills from master musicians. The festival provides outreach educational music programs that inspire students to appreciate and continue their interest in the arts.
May 2002
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Teaches 2 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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