William Browne has an extensive music background and has been performing and teaching music for most of his career. William has a passion for sharing his music with others and believes that keeping strong music programs in school is crucial to the development of well-thinking people.
William began playing horn in junior high school and then proceeded to study music in college. William graduated from Ball State University, majoring in teaching and performance. He then received his Master of Music from Catholic University, and Master of Science from Indiana University in Instructional Technology. He has studied horn with Robert Marsh, Joseph Singer and Richard Moore and also studied at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
For his teaching career, William has taught in the public schools of South Carolina and has formally retired as band and orchestra director and is now in charge of the music curriculum. He has also served as Fine Arts Chairman for the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana and taught horn sectionals at the Great Lakes Music Camp in Valparaiso and Indianapolis, Indiana. In his performance career, William has played Principal horn with The U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” and he managed the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest. He also played Principal horn of the Kokomo Symphony and Kokomo Park Band for over thirty years and was a hornist in the Mariah Wind Quintet, North American Brass Company and many regional orchestras and bands.
William and his wife Linda founded their own company called The Horn and The Honeybee, LLC, where they work as beekeepers. He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren, and they also participate in and serve with Meals on Wheels and Blessings in a Backpack. In his free time, William enjoys cycling and canoeing.
William has been playing horn in the LCSO for three years and what he appreciates most about this organization is the magnificent music and beauty created by the dedicated members of the orchestra, which he says is unusual in a community of this size. Their camaraderie, care and professionalism always serves as a comfort and an inspiration to him.
Major Bill Browne joined the Horn Section of the LCSO after a 35 year career as musician and instructor at Culver Academy. He has been a wonderful addition to our ranks. Bill is not only a fantastic horn musician but is also a beekeeper and owns a business called “The Horn and the Honeybee”. See the photos from beehive to the bottling process.