Keith Johnson

Keith JohnsonKeith Johnson (’63), 77, Regents professor of trumpet and renowned trumpeter, died July 31 in Denton. He taught at UNT from 1986 to 2014 and received the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2011. He performed with the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony and more orchestras across the U.S. Keith also wrote two books, The Art of Trumpet Playing and Brass Performance and Pedagogy, and published several method books. In 2012, he won the Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild for his service to the trumpet profession, and in 2013, was given a Distinguished Service Award by the New Hampshire Music Festival for his 50 years as co-principal trumpet. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and before joining UNT, taught at the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife Cecile contributed to UNT’s College of Music and were members of the President’s Council. Donations can be made to The Keith Johnson Trumpet Graduate Scholarship Endowment. Memorial services will be scheduled later.

Keith JohnsonKeith Johnson (’63), 77, Regents professor of trumpet and renowned trumpeter, died July 31 in Denton. He taught at UNT from 1986 to 2014 and received the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2011. He performed with the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony and more orchestras across the U.S. Keith also wrote two books, The Art of Trumpet Playing and Brass Performance and Pedagogy, and published several method books. In 2012, he won the Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild for his service to the trumpet profession, and in 2013, was given a Distinguished Service Award by the New Hampshire Music Festival for his 50 years as co-principal trumpet. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and before joining UNT, taught at the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife Cecile contributed to UNT’s College of Music and were members of the President’s Council. Donations can be made to The Keith Johnson Trumpet Graduate Scholarship Endowment. Memorial services will be scheduled later.