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Director of Bands at Sacred Heart University has a long and varied career as a performer, conductor, and educator in the United States, and internationally. He has taken the Sacred Heart Band on national, and international tours, commissioned new works, been featured in national television ad campaigns, and even made an appearance on MTV. In addition to directing the University Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands, Johnston also directs the brass ensemble, teaches low brass, and oversees the instrumental chamber music program.

Mr. Johnston is also the founding member of the Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet.

Mr. Johnston has been Music Director for the Allegheny Brass Band of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Savoyards Opera Company, Auburn Chamber Orchestra (NY), and Onondaga Orchestra (NY). He has conducted the Edgewood Symphony (PA), North Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Civic Symphony, IPFAC Chamber Orchestra (AR), Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (PA), and Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has also conducted high school honor bands in CT, PA, and Illinois.

Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. He has studied trombone with Byron McCulloh, and conducting with Robert Page, Juan-Pablo Izquierdo, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, and Keith Lockhart, as well as advanced conducting studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.