Kenneth Brown, II
Kenneth Brown, II is currently a freshman at Morehouse College after graduating from the prestigious Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles where he was a member of the award‐winning jazz band and wind ensembles, as well as a three‐year starter on the school’s varsity basketball team. Kenneth is currently First‐Chair and Principal Trumpet of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) and was selected as a “Grammy Emerging Artist” in 2016 and 2017 by the Grammy Foundation. Diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, Kenneth was accepted to several 4‐year institutions after graduating including the Berklee School of Music and Morehouse College. After visiting both campuses, he decided to join the elite Men of Morehouse and play with The House of Funk!!
Since 2010, Kenneth has played alongside some of the world’s best musicians and entertainers including MC Hammer, Mary Wilson, Keith David, Obba Babatundé, Donald Dean, Sr., Donn Bynum, Kenneth Crouch, Ryan Cross, Lyndon Rochelle, and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at Staples Center, The Grammy Museum, LA Live’s Club Nokia (Novo by Microsoft), Mercedes‐Benz Stadium, LA Convention Center Auto Show Stage as well as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Wilshire Ebell Theater, and Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.
In 2017 & 2018, Kenneth was selected to participate and has been featured in the Monk Institute/LAUSD’s Beyond The Bell All‐City Jazz Big Band. In 2018, he helped lead Hamilton’s Jazz Ensemble to be a finalist at the Monterey Next Generation Festival, and 1st place wins at Esperanza Aztec Jazz Festival and the Western States Jazz Festival playing lead and solo trumpet.
This past summer, Kenneth was featured in a commercial promoting the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics directed by 2017 Cannes Film Festival Young Director Award Nominee, Anderson Wright. You can view the commercial here: Special Olympics: “Earned It” or https://vimeo.com/168471847
Kenneth ’22, is a Music Performance major at Morehouse with aspirations of playing basketball for the Maroon Tigers.
You can find Kenneth’s full portfolio at www.KennethBrownMusic.com