Dr. Michael Johnson is currently an adjunct instructor of music at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, AL, teaching music appreciation. As a private instructor, his students have had numerous accomplishments in all-state band, all-state orchestra, and various regional honor bands and music festivals. Dr. Johnson is also a sought after brass instructor, working with band programs all over Alabama and several areas in Austin and San Marcos during his time in Texas. Recently, he was on staff with the Million Dollar Band as a tuba instructor.
As a performer, Dr. Johnson is currently a member of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult professional wind ensemble based in Tuscaloosa. A member since 2017, Michael has performed at Midwest, AMEA, and various state honor bands with the group. An avid jazz musician, he has performed with several jazz bands across Alabama and Texas such as the Republic of Texas Big Band, Gabriel Santiago Orchestra, NOW Jazz Orchestra, Rocket City Big Band, Jazz Inc., Silvery Moon Big Band, and several others. Michael was a guest soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra in 2018 and has performed with orchestras such as the Laredo Philharmonic, Tuscaloosa Symphony, and Meridian Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he was the Division III winner of the American Trombone Workshop Bass Trombone Solo Competition and a finalist for the Big 12 Trombone Conference Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition (a finalist in 2018 as well). Michael has also been selected as a member of the Performer's Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium twice and as a participant in the Mulcahy Masterclass. Recently, Dr. Johnson founded the AL About All-State Project, an education initiative to help music students in Alabama connect with local professional musicians as they prepare for their all-state auditions.
As a composer, Dr. Johnson has a broad portfolio of works for trombone choir, solo trombone, trombone quartet, wind band, and solo with fixed media. He has had pieces performed at conferences such as Midwest and AMEA, as well as several premieres by collegiate trombone choirs. Michael has also composed for a few commercial projects including special music for Texas State University's submission to the 2016 Global News Relay.
Dr. Johnson holds degrees from the University of Alabama (DMA, BM) and Texas State University (MM). His primary instructors include Jonathan Whitaker, Martin McCain, Peter Ellefson, and Billy Bargetzi. He has received secondary instruction from James Markey, Demondrae Thurman, Gerry Pagano, Steve Lange, and several other top players in the field.