Homecoming for graduation speaker Friday

Brown Brown “I need to come home,” Jason Brown laughed. “I guess that’s what I’ll be doing on Friday night.”

Br ow n , one of Ro c kd a le’s favorite sons and a musical prod ig y wel lr emembered by several generations, will be guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Friday in commencement exercises for the 134-candidate RHS Class of 2011.

In the event of bad weather, graduation will be moved indoors to the new high school gym, according to Principal Joey Geletka.

A 1993 graduate of RHS, Brown has gone on to fashion a stellar musical career.

Most recently, he co-wrote the family musical “Rumplestilskin’s Daughter,” which had been produced throughout the United States and Scotland and opens in London on June 25.

A concert pianist since his preteen days, he made his Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, conducted by Mar vin Hamlisch, as part of the center gala “A Salute to the 1940s Broadway Musical.”

Brown was music director for Rain Pryor’s critically acclaimed, award- w inning show “ Fr ied Chicken and Latkes,” throughout the U. S., Scotland and London.

And he played the lead role in a movie for which he wrote the music, the western “Come Hell or High Water.”

He’s the son of John and Judy Brown of Rockdale.

Jason Brown, wife Shannon and children Faith, Austin and Tyler, live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where he is director of music for First Baptist Church.

J. J. Lewis, RHS senior, will introduce Brown.

Friday’s ceremonies will also feature speeches by valedictorian Clayton Merka and salutatorian Kelsey Galbreath.

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