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Johnson, Larry

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Larry Johnson

Instructor - Saxophone

Professional musician for the last 33 years. Began working as a professional saxophonist at the age of thirteen. Has been performing in area nightclubs, Jazz festivals and charitable functions for the last 26 years.

Performed on stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Rich Mattenson, Johnny Johnson, Brett Spainhour and local musicians Carolbeth True and Jim Manley. Recorded over 40 times with various people and twice as a leader for the Victoria Jazz label. Considered a “top call” studio musician in St. Louis. Currently working with a variety of area groups including Carolbeth True, Fantasy, Charlie B Jazz and Wild, Cool and Swingin. Also works as a clinician, adjudicator and private lesson teacher.

Currently also entering the 27th year as a middle school Band Director at St. Joseph School in St. Charles, Missouri where he started the instrumental music program in 1985 with 45 students and has developed the program into five ensembles with more than 225 members. In addition, he is beginning the 17th year as the Jazz Band Director at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Management from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Professional affiliations include NAfME, MMEA, MOAJE and Phi Beta Mu. Served St. Louis Metro District 8 Music Association as President and as Junior High Jazz Band Vice President. 

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