Dr. David M. Brown is the Immediate Past President of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Superintendent of Schools of DeRuyter Central Schools. He just started his 34th year in education. He spent 24 years as a High School Choral Director and Artistic Director of Theatre. He has conducted several Area All-State and All County Honor Ensembles. As the President of NYSSMA he worked with the Commissioner of Education and the State Health Director through the COVID pandemic. When he is not leading music or his school district he lives in Skaneateles New York with his wife Melissa, and their children Sophia and Nicholas. David has a Doctorate in Executive Leadership through the lens of Social Justice from St. John Fisher University. His dissertation was entitled, “Male Participation in Secondary Choral Music.” He also has a Master Degree in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College, a Bachelor of Science in Music and Theatre from Nazareth College, and studied voice at the Eastman School of Music.