The Richard Brown Orchestra

The Richard Brown Orchestra flawlessly performs Big Band Classics or custom arrangements tailored for your event Since 1996, The Richard Brown Orchestra has been regarded as Houston's Premiere Gala Orchestra. Featuring the region's finest musicians and soloists, an incomparable library of arrangements, enormous flexibility, and, perhaps most importantly, an eagerness to work with you to accomplish your unique creative goals, it is easy to see why Richard Brown Music is on the top of every event planner's list.

The orchestra offers three formats:
A full 27 piece orchestra with strings
A 17 piece Dance Band (same size as the Glenn Miller band)
An 8 piece combo

Richard Brown enjoys a multi- faceted career as an educator, professional musician and a businessman. He is Professor of Percussion at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as well as Principal Percussionist of both The Houston Grand Opera and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestras. He leads the Richard Brown Orchestra, one of Houston's most popular dance bands that play large social galas, special events and weddings.

Richard began his musical career at the age of 18 playing with The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lyric Opera. After his stint with The United States Army Band, in Washington DC, he moved to Houston to join The Houston Symphony, a position he held for 8 years. To pursue another facet of his musical interests he moved to New York City as a freelance percussionist working on Broadway, playing such shows as West Side Story, Showboat, and Shirley MacLaine, as well as working in the recording studios and subbing with The Metropolitan Opera and The New York Philharmonic. During that time he also began working for Ann Margret performing with her for 15 years in all her live shows, both in Las Vegas and on tour.

In 1985 Richard returned to Houston when The Shepherd School appointed him as full time Professor of Percussion. He then began to play regularly with The Houston Symphony and appreciates the 12 years he spent working with Christoph Eschenbach. He became the personnel manager for The Grand Teton Music Festival and soon to follow for The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. This led him to an interest in the business of music and eventually he created Richard Brown Music, a company that hires musicians for most of Houston's freelance concerts and several of the area's prominent churches. He is proud to say that in any given year he offers over 2000 employment opportunities to Houston's professional musicians.

The variety of all these activities keeps Richard busy, but he always finds time to be available to and a mentor for his students who come to the Shepherd School to study and prepare for careers as professional percussionists.

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 1
1. Let The Good Times Roll  2. Jump Jive An' Wail  3. As Long As I'm Singing  4. Slow Boat To China  5. Big Band Vocal Medley (medley)  6. Perfidia  7. Fly Me To The Moon  8. It Had Better Be Tonight  9. Too Close For Comfort  10. Maria Elena  11. Gershwin Medley (medley)

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 2
1. Almost Like Being In Love  2. Taking A Chance On Love  3. It Had To Be You  4. Sabor A Mi  5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love  6. Just In Time  7. It Don't Mean A Thing  8. Volare  9. Esta Tarde Vi Llover  10. Come Fly With Me  11. Walkin' After Midnight  12. Amado Mio  13. In The Mood

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 3
1. Go Daddy O  2. Mambo Italiano  3. Zoot Suit Riot  4. All The Way  5. New York, New York  6. Sway  7. Route 66   8. Besame Mucho   9. Mack The Knife  10. Beyond The Sea  11. Frenesi (Cha Cha)  12. Just A Gigilo

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 4
1. The Way You Look Tonight  2. S'Wonderful  3. Makin Whoopee  4. The Summer Wind  5. Cheek To Cheek  6. Someone To Watch Over Me  7. For Once In My Life  8. San Francisco  9. I've Got You Under My Skin  10. Hello Dolly  11. Cabaret  12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 5
1. Take The "A" Train  2. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  3. Brazil  4. Fever  5. All That Jazz  6. More  7. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  8. Rock This Town  9. I've Got The World On A String  10. A Foggy Day   11. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You  12. Wind Beneath My Wings  13. All I Need Is The Girl

Richard Brown Orchestra Dance Set 6
1. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime 2. Hooked On Swing (medley) 3. Tuxedo Junction 4. Begin The Beguine 5. In A Mellow Tone 6. A String Of Pearls 7. Woodchoppers Ball 8. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White 9. Pennsylvania 6-5000  10. Sing Sing Sing 11. Leap Frog