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James Johnson grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is finishing up is Doctorate Degree in trumpet performance from Florida State University, studying with Dr. Christopher Moore. He received a music education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying with Dr. Kevin Eisensmith and his Masters Degree in trumpet performance from Kansas State University, studying with Dr. Gary Mortenson. James has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Tallahassee, FL), Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA), and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (Destin, FL). James was a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition in both the Graduate Solo Division and the Trumpet Ensemble Division. And is also an accomplished arranger as well, having his music performed at the National Trumpet Competition, the Kansas Music Educator’s Association All-State Conference, and at the Haus Marteau Brass Chamber Workshop in Lichtenburg, Germany.