Oral History Information
Job TitleMusician, Saxophonist
Derek Brown is best known for playing the style of music known as Beatbox Sax. This way of playing the saxophone incorporates percussive playing techniques that were developed by Derek. He grew up in southwest Michigan and graduated from Hope College with a degree in jazz and classical performance, and then obtained a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. While playing in jazz clubs and working to become a professional jazz player, Derek created his YouTube channel and released his first album BEATBoX SAX. Derek’s YouTube channel houses all of his music videos and has grown to amass over 160,000 subscribers.