Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Marion Brown’s career spanned three decades and he is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential jazz saxophonists, composers and performers of his generation; and

Whereas Marion Brown made major contributions to America’s classical music and jazz as an instrumentalist, composer, band leader and performer; and

Whereas He collaborated with such jazz greats as John Coltrane and Massachusetts natives Roy Haynes and pianist Chick Corea, to make major contributions to the advancement of jazz music; and

Whereas Marion Brown served as a roving ambassador for jazz, and the jazz communities of Northampton, MA and the Pioneer Valley, by recording and performing his music throughout the United States, Europe and Japan; and

Whereas A renowned educator, Marion Brown taught jazz studies at numerous colleges, including Amherst College and Brandeis University, and mentored dozens of young musicians who later went on to have successful careers as jazz artists and educators; and

Whereas Nearly two years after his untimely death at the age of 79, the Northampton Jazz Festival 2012 wishes to honor Marion Brown’s myriad accomplishments as an instrumentalist, composer, performer, educator, mentor and jazz ambassador,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 15th, 2012 to be,

MARION BROWN DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this thirteenth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency                 

Deval L. Patrick                      
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts