The Rome City School Board approved the hiring of Thomas “Tab” Brown as its new Director of Bands at Rome City Schools on Monday.

“Mr. Brown has dedicated his life to music and the sharing of that passion with the next generation,” said Rome City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Eric L. Holland. “I cannot imagine someone better suited to lead, educate, and empower our students and the Sound of the Seven Hills.”

Brown began his teaching career at Jacksonville High School, where he served as Director of Percussion and Founder/Executive Director of Jacksonville Indoor Percussion from 2009-2013. In 2012, he became a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Jacksonville State University Percussion Department, and in 2015 was named Assistant Director of Bands for Baldwin High School. Since 2016, Brown has served as the Assistant Director of Bands for Rome City Schools.

As a professional musician, Brown performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Sugar Hill Gang, toured in support of international recording artists Trapt and Theory of a Deadman, and served as a full-time touring and recording bassist for national recording artist Aclarion from 2006-2010.