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Philip Johnson

Edinburg North High School, and Valley Symphony Orchestra
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Philip Johnson currently serves as an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor at Edinburg North High School and B.L. Garza Middle School where he directs all percussion activities in the Mighty Cougar Marching Band, 5 concert bands, private lessons, percussion ensembles and the ‘DRUM’atic Impact Indoor Percussion Theater.  On average, Mr. Johnson positively affects the lives of approximately 60 students per year.  Mr. Johnson also serves as the Principal Percussionist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra in McAllen, TX; a position he has held since 2003.  Since 2008 he has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas Longhorn Music Camp and since 2010 he has also been a performing member of the Unified Percussion Ensemble of the Rio Grande Valley made up solely of HS and MS percussion educators.

Philip Johnson received his Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in percussion performance and a minor in piano.  He received his Masters of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on marimba.  He has attended numerous summer seminars and schools including: The Aspen Music School, Brevard Music School, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, Oberlin Percussion Institute, and the Center for World Music in Bali, Indonesia.  His list of distinguished teachers include William Moersch, Jonathan Haas, Leigh Howard Stevens, Allen Otte, Michael Rosen, Gordon Stout and Jane Varella.

Mr. Johnson is a native of Dayton, OH and started his HS teaching career as a percussion instructor at band camps.  Currently he has taught HS level percussion for more than 20 years in Ohio, Illinois, Maryland and Texas.  Since arriving in south Texas in 2002, his students and ensembles have consistently earned Superior ratings at University Interscholastic League events including UIL marching band, concert band, solo and ensemble.  To date, Mr. Johnson has had the pleasure of teaching 6 students who have earned the extremely rare “Most Outstanding Soloist” in Texas award; all on marimba.