|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1916|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2006|
Mr. Tot Brown, known as Tot by virtually everyone who knows him, has been a Sandite since he was three years old and involved in the Sand Springs School System in some capacity for over 75 years, having attended and graduated from the system in 1934.
After a period of time in California and in the military during World War Two, and attendance at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas, he returned to Sand Springs to stay. Tot continued his education at the University of Tulsa where he received his Master's Degree in music composition. He embarked on a successful career teaching music as band director in the Sand Springs School System. Even today, many of his former students, now grandparents, still affectionately remember Mr. Brown as their music teacher.
Tot has been the Treasurer of the Sand Springs School Board for over thirty years, and was one of the first recipients of the Sand Springs Education Foundation's Hall of Fame, reserved for those who have improved education in Sand Springs Schools.
Music is Tot's life. He promotes music wherever and whenever he can for which he was the first recipient, in 1967, of an honorary membership in the prestigious Oklahoma Bandmasters' Association where only fourteen have been so honored.
He organized this impressive group of professional and amateur musicians to use their talents to give Sand Springs free semi-annual concerts in the Central Junior High School Auditorium. Tot also organized the District Boy Scout Band.
He is more than a band leader; he is a leader of people as demonstrated by his way of making people gladly volunteer their musical abilities simply because Tot asked them. Who could refuse Tot? As organizer and band director of the "Sandite Sound," commonly known as "Tot's Band," he is the one most responsible for bringing more people into the new Central Junior High School auditorium than anyone except for school activities.
He has been vitally interested in the Sand Springs School system, the City of Sand Springs, his church and any organization with which he has been involved.
Among his other notable contributions to Sand Springs and Oklahoma are: he served two terms in the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1965-68, was president of the Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected "Man Of The Year" in 1977, was president of the Sand Springs Rotary Club, was a director of The Salvation Army Board, and served on the Sand Springs Park and Recreation Board, as well as almost all positions in the First United Methodist Church except pastor. Hometown Hero April 2002.
So it follows that when anyone considers who the Ambassador of Sand Springs is, Tot~ s name is the first to come up. He has dedicated his life to his family, his church, his music, Sand Springs Schools and, above all, to his fellow man.
Services were 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2006 at Sand Springs United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Woodland Memorial Park under the Direction of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service.
Pauline McDaniel Brown (1919 - 2013)
Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: OkieBran
Record added: Mar 28, 2006
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