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Master Chief Musician Paul E. Johnson,

Lead Application Developer

MUCM Paul E. Johnson

Master Chief Musician Paul Johnson, a native of Plymouth, Minn., joined the Navy Band in 1989.  He earned a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1982 and a Master of Music from Northwestern University in 1989, both in trumpet performance.  His teachers include Charles Schlueter, Glenn Fischthal, James Miller, and Vincent Cichowicz.  He has performed with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and in Spoleto, Italy for three summers, and he also spent one summer as an orchestra fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival at the Tanglewood Music Festival.  Prior to joining the Navy Band, Johnson was principal trumpet in the San Jose Symphony for one year and first trumpet with the Chicago Chamber Brass for four years.  He has appeared as soloist with the San Jose Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, and the Johannesburg (S. Africa) Symphony. As a Navy musician, he had the distinction of playing "Taps" at the funeral ceremony for President Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif.


In 2002, after 13 years as a trumpet instrumentalist in the Concert/Ceremonial Band, Johnson was appointed Navy Band administration chief, a role which has allowed him to pursue his interest and refine his skills in software development, producing and updating Navy Band custom database applications. His love of music has never diminished, and he continues to play his instrument, currently as principal trumpet of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, where he has also appeared as a soloist.