Chris Johnston

 Jo Byrns Elementary School Music
Mr. Johnston

self portrait of Johnston

Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year!

A little info about Mr. Johnston

Chris is currently the music teacher at Jo Byrns Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a degree in music education.

Chris marched with the Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps as a trumpet soloist in 2005. He then joined the Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) in 2006 and marched through the corps' 2008 World Championship season as a soloist and section leader. From 2012-2016, Chris had the distinct honor of performing as a soloist and lead trumpet player for the 10-time defending DCA Mini Corps Champions, Star United Drum & Bugle Corps (Indianapolis, IN)

Chris maintains an extremely active schedule as an adjudicator, designer, and clinician in the Southeastern United States. As a program coordinator and co-drill writer, Chris helps guide the design and instructional process for the WGI Open Class Finalist, Audio Theater and has also worked with the WGI World Class Finalist, Palmetto Percussion. Chris has worked with drum corps such as The Academy, Memphis Sound, Music City, The Colts, and has served as the Assistant Visual Caption Supervisor for The Cadets, since 2017. Chris also serves as the visual designer for Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps from Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Chris is an alumni member of the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Mu Alpha (Theta Tau ’05). He also holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.


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