Bruce Budd BROWN

BROWN, Bruce Budd

April 6, 1930 - June 23, 2013 Bruce Budd Brown, age 83, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on June 23, 2013. He was born in New York in 1930. Both of his parents were musically inclined, and Mr. Brown enjoyed a long and full life as a musician. He began playing clarinet and saxophone at 11 years of age. Serving in the Army during the Korean War, Mr. Brown was part of a 30-man GI show, traveling throughout Korea entertaining the troops. Mr. Brown became the bandleader, then show director, and eventually platoon sergeant. Mr. Brown was awarded the Commendation Ribbon with medal pendant attached (the highest non-combat award in the military), for "successfully entertaining over 110,000 United Nations' troops." After the war, he returned to New York where he played with combos and local big bands until he moved to the Palm Beach area in 1960. Mr. Brown played society music with several bands including Lester Lanin and Meyer Davis. He was secretary of the Musicians Union (covering a six-county area in south Florida) for a number of years. In addition to society parties, he played annually with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus; Liberace; the Ice Capades; and the Lippizan Stallions. He later formed a partnership with society bandleader Marshall Grant. Together, they performed not only in the Palm Beach area, but at charity balls and private parties throughout the east coast of the United States. Each year, they provided the orchestra for Bob Hope's annual Cancer Benefit Show in Palm Beach. They performed in shows featuring celebrities such as Jimmy Durante, Tony Martin, Dick Shawn, Gordon and Sheila MacRae, "Her Nibbs Miss Georgia Gibbs," Vic Damone, Arlene Dahl, B.J. Thomas, Minnie Riperton, Joe E. Lewis, Lainie Kazan, Bob Newhart, Marvin Hamlisch, and Arthur Godfrey. Budd also continued to play with bands for Bob Crosby, Ray Eberle, Sammy Kaye, Myron Florin, Tex Beneke, and Les Elgart. In 1972, he left Marshall Grant Orchestras to start an advertising agency - Carter Brown Advertising - with his wife, De. (Peter Duchin took Mr. Brown's place as partner with his friend Marshall Grant.) Budd and De operated their agency in Palm Beach County for over 40 years, enjoying a wide range of clients. In his retirement years, Mr. Brown was leader of the Highlanders Orchestra and played with the Osceola Center for the Arts Jazz Band. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife De, and son Chris (Sonya) Brown of Jupiter, FL step-daughter Ahngela (Gary) Eggers of Winston-Salem, NC; sister Ginger (Martin) Von Holden of Port Charlotte, FL; brother Raymond Brown of Fort Montgomery, NY and five grandchildren. Burial services will be private. Mr. Brown will be interred at Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, FL. A memorial party will be held later in the year. Memorial contributions may be made to the Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals of Central Florida, 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839. The Brown Family is being cared for by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME 511 Emmett Street in Kissimmee, Florida 34741. Phone 407/847-3188

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511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 847-3188

Published in The Palm Beach Post from June 30 to July 1, 2013