Kenneth Johnson, trombone

Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Kenneth is a Doctoral Student at Florida State University where he is a Graduate Assistant.  In addition to the trombone choir, he teaches a studio of undergraduate Music majors. He completed a Master’s degree in Trombone Performance at Indiana University, where he studied under the guidance of Peter Ellefson. He graduated cum laude from West Virginia University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education.  He has been a finalist in competitions such as: the 2016 ITA Alto Trombone Competition, and the 2014 ATW National Tenor Trombone Solo Competition Division II.  In 2013, he won WVU’s Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, and received an Honorable Mention in the Fort Worth Trombone Summit’s 2013 Bach Unaccompanied Trombone Competition.

While at Indiana University, Kenneth played Principal in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and in the Latin Jazz Ensemble trombone section. He recorded the works of American composers Henry Cowell and David Diamond with both the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras for the Naxos Music Label. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the IU Wind Ensemble as part of a Wind Band Festival.


Kenneth is Principal Trombone with the Tidewater Winds, a professional wind ensemble located in Norfolk, Virginia. He has also performed with Manhattan Transfer, Wu Man, Gulf Coast Sinfonia, Vice City Brass, the Classical Music Festival in Austria, the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and numerous shows at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. In addition, he served as the Music Director of First Baptist Church in Morgantown, WV. He is a founding member of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute.