About Anthony Brown
Trumpet Shop Manager & Specialist
Anthony has a passion for the arts and for supporting others, especially children, discover and foster their love of music. As Trumpet Shop Manager for Schmitt Music, he is dedicated to ensuring that musicians find the best match for their individual playing styles and personalities. He enjoys working with players of all levels, from beginning players to lifelong musicians. In addition to his responsibilities at Schmitt Music, Anthony teaches private lessons on a variety of instruments, including trumpet. He has been a private instructor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for six years.
Anthony earned his associate’s degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College, where he studied under Geoff Senn. While earning his degree, he remained an active member of the college’s music community, serving as lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble and section leader in the Concert Band. Currently, Anthony is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he receives instruction from Dr. Thomas Barnett. Anthony has also studied with Paul Stodolka and Riley Helgeson. He plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Therapy.
Anthony is an active member of the Twin Cities music community. He played in the North Suburban Concert Band and served on their board as Webmaster. He has also played in multiple local bands, including a funk band, and can be heard on recordings with a local Ska band called Runaway Ricochet.
Apart from music, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife (Amber), dog (Daisy May), and two cats (Oliver and Gemina). He is also a dedicated martial artist and kickboxer.
About Keith Hilson
Director of Brass Sales & Specialist
Keith Hilson holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Master of Music in trombone performance from the University of Minnesota. For the past 20 years, Keith has been performing as a freelance musician and music educator. Now based in Minneapolis, MN, with his wife and two children, Keith has completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (ABD) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities under Professor Tom Ashworth and currently performs with jazz, Latin and classical ensembles throughout the Twin Cities. Keith had been Manager of the Trombone Shop at Schmitt Music since 2015, and is currently the Director of Sales for the brass instrument category.
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