Mr. Robert Browning

Director of Instrumental Music

Year Started: 2016

Degrees: Bachelor of Music Education, UC College-Conservatory of Music; Master of Music, Conducting, James Madison University

Awards and Memberships: Member of of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Member of Ohio Music Education Association; Member of National Association for Music Educators; Listed in Who’s Who in Education

Experience: Band director and assistant director; Taught conducting class for teaching assistantship at James Madison University; Played in faculty brass quintet at James Madison University; Gave trumpet lessons at James Madison University; Band teacher at local high school; 26 years in education prior to The Summit

Inspiration: Music is literally what changed my outlook on life. I had a trumpet teacher beginning in my freshman year of high school who inspired me to be the absolute best player I could be, and this attitude towards music soon spilled over into other areas of my life. I aspire to do the same for my students.

Philosophy: Music reaches a part of the soul that no other art or discipline does. 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. I am excited at the opportunity to teach middle school band, as I enjoy getting beginners off to a good start and fostering their musical growth in their first few years on the instrument. My goal is to retain these students and build a larger Upper School Band that is viewed by The Summit student body, faculty and families as an integral part of the arts, culture and school spirit at The Summit.

Personal: I have two wonderful teenage daughters: Ashley and Elizabeth. I play trumpet professionally around Cincinnati, and in my ever-decreasing spare time, I enjoy running and bike riding, as well as reading history and classic literature.