Glen Brown is a major music nerd, a professional musician playing drums and percussion, a music teacher, a writer and a publisher living in Hamilton, Ontario.
Until just recently Glen could be found teaching kids how to play band instruments and make music together. He was a music teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. But then he retired from that.
In full denial of being old, Glen was soon running around town playing drums at blues jams, some great jazz gigs, playing in some pretty awesome cover bands and picking up side gigs and recording sessions.
Somewhere along the way, mostly as an antidote to feeling ignorant and uninformed, Glen developed a passion for documenting and connecting and promoting the local music scene.
Glen founded Greater Hamilton Musician in 2012 at hamiltonmusician.com, a website dedicated to the music trade in the Hamilton. He published three editions of Greater Hamilton Musician print magazine between 2012 and 2014. His media company is Hamilton Musician Media.
The website has a subscription base of over 700 people.
Glen played percussion and recorded with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hamilton, The Hamilton Concert Band, The George Rose Big Band, and Burlington’s Sophisticated Swing Big Band. He also taught drums and percussion at the Mohawk College School of Music, Cambrian College and was a drum teacher at Mohawk College for private students.
"I write to support musicians. Sometimes that means writing a press release, an album blurb, copy for a website, or conducting an interview. Sometimes I dip my toe into graphics."
"I've also written grants for Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, The City Enrichment Fund, and FACTOR. I can help steer people through the grant writing process."
Glen has a Bachelor of Music in education from McMaster University, a Diploma in Applied Music from Mohawk College, and a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher.