Students at The Summit are introduced to band instruments in the 4th grade and have the opportunity to select one they can learn to play in the 5th grade. The program is led by Robert Browning.
"Music reaches a part of the soul that no other art or discipline does," he says. "Sharing the joy of music with young people, and inspiring them to fully develop their God-given gifts, has been the focus of my life."
Mr. Browning had 26 years of experience in education before joining The Summit in 2016. He taught conducting class for his teaching assistantship at James Madison University. He also played in faculty brass quintet at James Madison University and gave trumpet lessons there. He has been a band teacher at local high school. He has a Bachelor of Music Education from the UC College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Conducting from James Madison University. Listed in Who's Who in Education, he is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and a member of National Association.
Most of the students in the band program have had no previous experience playing an instrument when they begin. They may select flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone or baritone in 5th grade and branch off to other instruments in 6th grade. They play a wide variety of selections, from Bach chorales to contemporary movie music and everything in between.
One summit alum, Simon Chow, was invited to play in the 2010 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Simon, only started playing the trumpet in 6th grade.