NYC, 1944-1949

Sometime after September 1944, Marie Brown moved the family to New York City. Living on Morningside Avenue in the historic African-American neighborhood of Harlem, Brown would have been in the midst of a vibrant cultural community.

While Brown did not offer a lot of detail or reflection about this period in his life, his enlistment in the Army, and more specifically the Army band, give some indication that Brown continued to pursue his musical endeavors. Perhaps it was even this focus that led to him to be kicked out of high school in the 10th grade, as he immediately enlisted in the Army.