Vince Browand, trombone player for Truth in Jazz, says, with a smile, “I started singing and performing when I was five years old, and haven’t stopped since!” A look at his life show his love of music and performance.
Playing, conducting, and teaching music have been mainstays for Vince. For twenty-three years he was the Director of Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, and Choral Music for Whitehall Public Schools, retiring in August of 2013. He also served Grand Valley State University students as an adjunct professor of music and assistant marching band director.
Earlier in his career, he held positions at both Grant and Kalkaska Public Schools as music department chair and as director of both bands and choirs. At Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Vince has been a tuba instructor and conductor for several band sessions.
In addition to his involvement with TIJO, Vince is the director of Boardwalk Brass of Grand Haven; principal trombonist for West Michigan Concert WINDS; Band, Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator for Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA); and church musician.
He is a retired member of the American School Band Directors Association and a member emeritus of the MSBOA.
In addition to his devotion to music, Vince is a licensed realtor. His wife Linda serves as Grand Haven City Clerk and the Browands reside in Grand Haven. He has three married daughters who reside in Hood River, Oregon; Shelby, Michigan; and Hart, Michigan.
Vince likes golf, biking, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and a good workout. But music still ranks at the top for him.
“I enjoy all styles of music, but jazz is the closest to my spirit. I feel honored to be able to play with such a high-quality ensemble as TIJO.”