Joe Johnson has served as the Music Director of the Georgia Brass Band since 1999. In addition to conducting hundreds of concerts during his tenure, he directed the band’s winning performances at the North American Brass Band Association Championships and oversaw the production of the band’s two commercial CD releases.
A native of the Boston area, Joe studied close to home and earned degrees in trumpet performance and music education from Boston University. While there, he was a trumpet student of Roger Voisin and Tim Morrison, and regularly participated in masterclasses and coaching sessions with members of the Empire Brass and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His performance credits include the Boston Civic Symphony, the MIT Symphony, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, Commonwealth Brass, the Boston Bach Society Orchestra, the Tom Nutile Big Band, the Georgia Philharmonia, the Georgia Sinfonia, the DeKalb Symphony, the Macon Symphony, Orchestra Atlanta, and the Gwinnett Wind Symphony. Joe has performed at festivals as diverse as the Tanglewood Festival and the Great American Brass Band Festival and in concert halls ranging from Boston’s Symphony Hall to London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Joe has been active in brass banding for forty years as both a cornetist and conductor. In recent years, he has been a regular clinician at Columbus State University and with the US Army Band at Fort Benning. He has served on the North American Brass Band Association’s board of directors and is a recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. Joe lives in Lilburn with his wife, Sharon, and teenage son, Samuel.