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Chris Johnston
Caption Supervisor, The Cadets

Chris is currently the music teacher at Jo Byrns Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education.

Chris marched with the Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps as a trumpet soloist in 2005. He then joined the Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) in 2006 and marched through the corps' 2008 World Championship season as a soloist and section leader. From 2012-2016, Chris had the distinct honor of performing as a soloist and lead trumpet player for the 12-time defending DCA Mini Corps Champions, Star United Drum & Bugle Corps (Indianapolis, IN).

Chris maintains an extremely active schedule as an adjudicator, designer, and clinician in the southeastern United States. As a program coordinator and co-drill writer, Chris helps guide the design and instructional process for the WGI Open Class Finalist, Audio Theater and has also worked with WGI World Class Finalist, Palmetto Percussion. Chris has previously worked with drum corps such as The Academy, Memphis Sound, Music City, and The Colts. In addition to co-writing the visual design for Arsenal Drum Corps, Chris currently serves as the Visual Caption Supervisor for the 10-time DCI World Champion - The Cadets.

Chris is an alumni member of the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Mu Alpha (Theta Tau ’05). He also holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.