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Jeff Johnson
Professional Drummer


Jeff has been extremely active during the past few years as a show drummer. He has an extensive musical background, having studied with some of the best instructors in music today. He has studied classical percussion with Robert Nowak, drum set with Steve Fidyk, and hand technique with the legendaryJoe Morello. His formal education includes Wilkes University, Capital University Conservatory of Music and Drummers Collective, NYC.


Jeff is currently touring the United States with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Prior to GMO, Jeff held the position of drummer at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA for 9 seasons, most recently performing with the Starlight Orchestra. This ensemble performsauthentic arrangementsof the Basie, Miller, Dorsey, and Goodman bands. He has performed in the Festhaus, Italy, and Starfright big band shows. He has subbed in shows at Water Country USA. Jeff has also performed for special events in Chicago, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Jeff was also employed by Carnival Cruise Lines as a show band musician completing contracts on the M.S. Fascination and M.S. Fantasy. There he performed everything from jazz and big-band to Vegas-style shows. He has also performed with many small combos in a variety of styles including jazz, rock, and reggae. He freelances with local theaters when time allows.

Jeff is officially endorsing Vic Firth sticks, mallets and accessories. He is also an endorser for Sabian cymbals.


When Jeff is not performing or touring, he is teaching. He is the owner of Johnson Drum Instruction. Jeff is very active in education, being a member of the Vic Firth Private Drum Teachers Program and the Percussive Arts Society. His teaching centers on reading, technique, coordination, and knowledge of styles. He uses an extensive collection of play-a-long CDs to simulate actual musical situations and also uses DVDs as supplemental lesson material.

Jeff also specializes in preparing students for auditions. His students have gone on to Capital University Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles Music Academy, Berklee College of Music and the Armed Forces School of Music.

Jeff has conducted clinics and taught workshops in public and private schools. He also teaches an Introduction to Drumming class for the University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies.

Jeff's current projects include writing a technique book which is currently in editing.

Jeff is available for short term performing contracts or longer tours. Please call or email to book Jeff.

Jeff Johnson





Updated:  June 9, 2009

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