Ed Johnson is currently the Assistant Marching and Concert Band Director at Campbellsville University (CU) in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He also serves as Assistant Athletic Band Director. Mr. Johnson is the Director of the Color Guard and designs the drill for the CU Tiger Marching Band. New to his responsibilities this year is the CU Winterguard Program which will have its inaugural year in January 2022 in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC).
Mr. Johnson was band director in the Hart County Schools for 30 years before his retirement in 2019. During his tenure, his concert bands received numerous consecutive Distinguished Ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District and State level assessments as well as various concert assessments across the country. The Hart County Marching Band, under Mr. Johnson’s direction was a two time state finalist and a 24 time Semi-Finalist at the KMEA State Marching Band Championships. Other accolades for his band include being a two time Bands of America (BOA) Class A Regional Champion and a BOA Grand National Championship Semi-Finalist. Mr. Johnson was also the Director of the Hart County Winterguard which has received numerous awards in SCGC and Winter Guard International (WGI). In 2015, Mr. Johnson created the WINDS program (the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky) at Hart County which was very successful during the five years he directed this group becoming a three time WGI World Finalist and Class Champions in SCGC.
Ed Johnson received his Masters of Music Education from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky and his Bachelors of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Johnson is a native of Laurel County (London, Kentucky) and a 1982 graduate of Laurel County High School.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the following professional organizations: NAfME, KMEA, KEA, Phi Beta Mu, and Delta Omicron. He was named the KMEA 4th District Band Directors Association (FDBDA) High School Teacher of the Year as well as a recipient of the Hart County High School Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Hart County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year and inducted into the SCGC Hall of Fame in 2020.