Airman First Class (A1C) Cooper Johnson performs as a horn player with the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band. He is a member of Heritage Winds and the Concert Band.
Prior to joining the Air Force, A1C Johnson was a musician with the Orlando Philharmonic, where he performed with conductor Eric Jacobsen of the Virginia Symphony. A1C Johnson holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon, studying with Pittsburgh Symphony principal horn, William Caballero, as well as a Masters in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University, studying with Jonathan Boen. As an undergraduate student, A1C Johnson played in the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and Brass Roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the summers A1C Johnson has performed with Eastern Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and The Music Academy of the West. In addition to his primary teachers, A1C Johnson has studied extensively with David Cooper and David Griffin of the Chicago Symphony.
2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2021 Masters in Orchestral Studies, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
1. Aug 2021 - present, Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Service Defense Medal
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman 1st Class 01 Aug 2021
(Current as of March 2022)