The Marching Band is one of the oldest ensembles at Columbia Central and dates back to 1939. The marching band is the largest ensemble of the band program and has been above 200 members at its largest. The marching band has a long standing tradition of excellence including 4 state championships, over 20 appearances in state finals and numerous local grand championships. In addition, the marching band has competed and placed in finals at BOA and US Bands National Competitions. The marching band has also represented Columbia and Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. and numerous other national events.
Spring Hill - Mr. Phillip Blythe Brown, age 66, husband of Marian Gregory Brown, and a resident of Spring Hill, Tennessee, passed away Sunday morning, January 30, 2022, at NHC Oakwood in Lewisburg.
Born on August 28, 1955, in Franklin, Tennessee, Phillip was the son of Norma Jean Blalock Brown and the late Herbert Blythe Brown. He married Marian Gregory on December 23, 1988, together they spent a wonderful thirty-three years. He earned his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Music and Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
Phillip began his career as a band director at Columbia Central High School where he worked from 1978 – 1984 before transferring to Lewis County High School for two years. He later made his way back to Columbia Central High School where he was band director from 1990 – 2005, winning the Contest of Champions in 2001 and finishing in the top four for sixteen years. Most recently, he was the band director at Columbia Academy. His life revolved around music; he loved instrumental music, was a baritone and brass expert, and even wrote two hymns. Phillip was a member of the Maury County Community Band and the MTSU Band of Blue. He was a member of Middle Tennessee School Band Orchestra Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, rv-ing, and wood working. Phillip was a member of Spring Meadows Church of Christ in Spring Hill.
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