Raised in New Orleans, LA, the “Birthplace of Jazz”, Damon L. Brown, began playing music at an early age, starting with piano and drums. However, his passion for music was awakened when he began learning the alto saxophone. He briefly attended St. Augustine High School, before moving to Natchitoches, LA to attend the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, where he focused on Math/Science and Music with a special interest in the saxophone. Upon his graduation from high school, he majored in Electrical Engineering at Florida A&M University, where he became a member of the FAMU Marching 100 Band, under the direction of Dr. William P. Foster. Ever since his first solo, Amazing Grace, at age 9, Damon has known that his spiritual gift was music. He has played with many church choirs in Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia and presently ministers in music at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church, in Warner Robins, GA. Damon believes that playing the saxophone is his instrumental voice and his anointed gift to spread God’s love. Damon presently resides with his wife and family in Kathleen, GA.
How has stroke impacted my life? On January 11, 2004, I received a call from my sister stating that my mom was in the hospital. My mom had a stroke and would need to have emergency surgery. For the next 73 days, I was back and forth between New Orleans, LA and Warner Robins, GA, visiting my mother and talking to doctors. I was helpless and all I could do was pray to God for my mother’s recovery. My mom never recovered and was never able to speak a word again, but I continued to feel her love for me through her eyes and touch when she would squeeze my hand. On March 24, 2004, Mom went on to Glory to meet the Lord.
My mom’s favorite scripture, Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” While I was growing up, mom insisted that we go to Church and have a personal relationship with Jesus. She instilled many great principles in me that I use every day. My sister always participates in the “Go Red for Women initiative” in honor of my mother. Today, I have entered this competition (through the Power to End Stroke campaign) to praise God for giving me this gift of music, to give the world inspiration through song, to promote awareness on stoke prevention strategies and techniques, and to celebrate the loving memory of my mother, Willene Gipson Brown; my grandmother, Lorene Cozart Gipson; and my aunt, Margie-Helen Cozart Deason whom all passed away due to heart disease.”