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Chief Musician Randall A. Johnson,


MU1 Randall A. Johnson

Chief Musician Randy Johnson, a native of Wayzata, Minn., joined the Navy Band in 2000.  He earned a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University in 1998 and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in 2000.  His teachers include Frank Epstein, Gerald Carlyss, James Strain, Tom Stubbs, William Roberts, Richard Haglund, Gordy Knudtson, Andrew Heglund, and Bob Bushnell, who was his first instructor.


Johnson has presented clinics at The Midwest Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the PAS Virginia Day of Percussion, the PAS Maryland Day of Percussion, and at universities and high schools throughout the United States.  He has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Star of Indiana Brass Theater and has appeared with David Baker, Livingston Taylor, and Dave Brubeck.  Johnson has also been an active drum set performer in jazz, musical theater, rock, funk, and calypso. 


In addition to his primary duty as a percussionist, Johnson serves as the sponsor/command indoctrination coordinator, assisting new members with their transition into the Navy Band.  He enjoys spending free time with his family.