William V. Johnson


William V. Johnson, Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, served as the university‘s Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music from 1966 to 2010, 44 years.

As a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician, Johnson has conducted wind ensembles and orchestras in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea, Singapore, China, Hungary and Ireland. For two years, 1993-1995, Johnson served as the President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and secretary of that association from 1987 to 1991. He was the Executive Director for the International Conference for Conductors, Composers and Publishers held in Manchester, England in 1981, an event that resulted in the formation of WASBE. He was the Conference Chairman for the 9th WASBE Conference held in San Luis Obispo, California, July 5-11, 1999. He is currently President-Elect of WASBE and the Chairperson of the WASBE Foundation.  He also serves as a consultant for World Projects International Music Productions.

Johnson was elected into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1984 and served as host for the 73rd ABA convention held in San Luis Obispo in 2007. In March 2014, he was elected to the ABA Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association and is past President of the Western Division. He is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity and was the Sponsor of Cal Poly‘s Iota Pi Chapter. He served as Kappa Kappa Psi‘s national Vice President for Professional Relations.

Johnson is a member of the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Opera San Luis Obispo. 

In 1962, he received his Bachelor's Degree in music from the Indiana University School of Music. While at IU, he studied euphonium with William Bell, former tuba virtuoso of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sousa Band (1902-1971).  After serving as Director of Bands at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon for three years, he joined the band staff at The University of Michigan. While at the U of M, he studied conducting with Dr. William D. Revelli (1902-1994) and Elizabeth A. H. Green (1906-1995) while earning his Masters Degree in music.

He was selected as a Distinguished Teacher at Cal Poly. Recently, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Band Directors Association and received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal from Kappa Kappa Psi. Johnson is a native of Crossville, Tennessee.