An annual Music Festival featuring adjudicated performances by music students of all ages
YKMF 2020 BAND/INSTRUMENTAL ADJUDICATOR
CRAIG JOHNSONPerformer / Educator / Adjudicator / Arranger & Composer
Originally from Winnipeg MB, Craig studied privately with a long list of classical and jazz instructors on his primary instruments (Trumpet & Piano). After highschool he attended The University of Manitoba furthering his studies in the Performing Fine Arts Program. He went on to study Jazz Arranging, Orchestral Composition, and Writing for Motion Picture and TV earning his General Music Studies degree at The Berkley College of Music in Boston.
Now living in Calgary with over 30 years of teaching and performing experience Craig remains an active clinician and hosting workshops with in the Calgary Board of Education band and music programs. He maintains a large private student base, and has had a number of former students go on to pursue musical careers at the professional level.
In 2003 Craig accepted the position of Musical Director for a Calgary based big band association where his roles include writing and arranging a large portion of the band repertoire for performance.
In addition to performing and adjudicating music festivals throughout Alberta and across Canada, as a band leader he leads his own groups of various sizes and has been commissioned by different artists both locally and nationally to write music for their specific recording and or performing projects.