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U.S. Marine Band member to solo with BYU ensembles April 6

The Brigham Young University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, conducted by David Blackinton and Don Peterson, will feature guest artist Gunnery Sgt. Karl P. Johnson of the United States Marine Band, Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are $9 or $6 with a BYU or student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, by calling (801) 422-7664 or by visiting

Bass trombonist Karl P. Johnson, of Federal Way, Wash., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from BYU, where he studied with Daniel Bachelder of BYU and Russell McKinney of the Utah Symphony. In 2000, he earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Donald Harwood of the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Johnson recorded music for television and motion pictures and performed with Natalie Cole, the Canadian Brass, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Harry James Orchestra. He performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour

For more information, contact David Blackinton at (801) 422-3284.

Writer: Brooke Eddington

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