Director of famed band resigns amid scandal

May 5, 2009 5:18:35 AM PDT
The coach of an elite Brooklyn marching band is accused to having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old girl. The girl was a member of the the famed "Brooklyn Steppers."

The Department of Education's Special Commissioner of Investigation issued a report Monday linking Tyrone Brown with the 17-year old girl.

In a letter dated April 17, 2009, Brown resigned from his position as the executive director of the Brooklyn Music and Arts program. The "Brooklyn Steppers" is an activity offered by the Brooklyn Music and Arts program.

At the time of Brown's resignation, the move was not considered irrevocable. In the Monday report issued by Special Commissioner Richard J. Condon, urged the resignation be considered irrevocable. The report recommends that Brown be made ineligible for work in the city school system, in its facilities, and with its vendors.

The "Brooklyn Steppers" are a borough-wide marching band. It was founded 20 years ago.

On January 20th, the band marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inauguration Parade.

The New York state education deparment's Liberty Partnership program funds the Brooklyn Music and Arts program through the City University of New York ("CUNY").


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