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Timothy Johnson

Biography

Timothy R. Johnson (b. 29 March 1957, Fort Wayne, Ind.) is an American composer, conductor and publisher.

Johnson began the study of piano at age eight and cornet at age ten. He played tuba in 8th and 9th grade, but returned to his trumpet studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education at Asbury College and a Master of Music Education degree at the University of Illinois, where he was director of the Teaching Techniques Laboratory. He later took graduate studies in composition at the University of Kentucky.

Johnson became interested in composing while a student at Asbury College when he was playing with a brass ensemble for Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. He wanted some of the more popular Christmas carols to play, and made easy brass quartet arrangements of several. His instructor at Asbury College, James Curnow, heard of his work, and came to hear the brass quartet play. Curnow then offered to work with Johnson on composition. Johnson studied privately with Curnow for the remainder of his time at Asbury.

After graduating from Asbury College, Johnson was band director in the Jessamine County Schools in Nicholasville, Kentucky. While there, he taught bands from beginning levels through high school, music theory, jazz band, marching band and music appreciation. Johnson left that position to accept the job of music editor with Curnow Music Press and, after two years, was made general manager of that press.


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