Leadership Team

The Dream Team

Band Operations, Foundation Center Administration, Marching Band Lesson Planning & Instruction 

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute is a cohesive unit of the best and brightest musicians in our region. Tiffany Jordan and Mr. Brown attended Grambling State University together. Stephen J. Ballard was the Percussion Captain of the Soldier Marching Unit as a high school student and now as an adult represents the many churches in the borough of Brooklyn. Together, the Dream Team has a history of leading the largest marching band programs in the country to national championship victories.

The goal of the Dream Team is to operate efficiently, over the long term of the Institute, to provide continuity to the families and school communities we serve. Our executive team of band directors meets weekly to collaborate and innovate ideas and strategies that will support the Institute's many programs and philosophy. The Advisory Board meets quarterly to discuss real estate, fundraising, business strategy, key performance indicators, proposals, projects and partnerships.

Quality you can count on - a small efficient team of leaders, with a history of demonstrated excellence, residing in or around Brooklyn, NY.  "Come win with us." 

Jonas-Charles E. Brown, Founder & Director of Athletic Bands

International Pipe Band Drum Major | Professional Concert Flutist | Arranger | Composer | Multi-instrumentalist | Music and Field Show Operations | Music Instruction 17+ years | Business office operations specialist |Grambling State University, Jackson State University

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Stephen J. Ballard, Assistant Band Director

Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute Legacy | Lead of Percussion and Piano Operations | Founder- Sound of Music Institute | Hail and Thunder Percussion Leadership | Men's Groups |

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Tiffany Jordan, Education Coordinator

Teacher 15 years | Alto Saxophone | Woodwinds | Education Coordinator of Band Operations | Women's Groups | Band Leadership Development | Grambling State University.

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Advisory Board

Garry Lowe - Board Chairman 

Kenyatte Hughes - Vice Chairman (Soul Tigers Music & Arts) 

Paris Thomas - Alumni Relations 

Pending- Secretary 

Malcolm Stokes, MBA - Treasurer

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Equal Opportunity 

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute and affiliate marching band programs believe in equal opportunity both for our performers, and the audiences we serve. 

Any performance venue which has the potential to, or may jeopardize our reputation, safety, the students we serve, the families we represent, and the school community we partner with, may be declined. 

We strive to keep a diverse list of performances each year for our students to attend which will encourage them to flourish as self-aware contributors of society, while balancing the rigours of intense academic enrichment and education at their schools. 

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Public Charity

Get your 501(c)3 tax-deductible receipt today, and support a palpable public charity located in the heart of Crown Heights - Brooklyn, NY. 

Donations are safe and secure through the use of our foundation portal at Fractured Atlas. Contributions for the charitable purposes of the Brooklyn Music & Leadershp Insitute - JSMLI (foundation) are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Est. 2004

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute aims to prevent the educational, social, and emotional decline of minority youth.

We intend to successfully combat the adverse circumstances associated with impoverished neighborhoods in which many of our students reside.

Historically Minority

Our organization is uniquely focused in providing excellence. Through the support of marching band activities, special events, concerts, fundraisers, healthy living initiatives, talks, and young leaders of tomorrow.

It is our goal to be a bridge for minorities to use to crossover through the weeds of their world into college, a professional career, entrepreneurship and healthy life choices.