The following information was submitted by Merri Lee Jones.
The Band Boosters are pleased to announce that the Bands’ Jazz Artist-in-Residence, Kris Johnson, is a 2012 Kresge Fellowship winner.
Johnson, a trumpeter, composer, arranger and Royal Oak native, has been working with Jazz Bands students for the last three years as an in-class instructor and conductor. The Jazz Ensemble debuted Johnson’s jazz and orchestra piece, Odd Expression, in 2009.
Johnson is one of 24 Detroit-area literary and performing artists chosen by the Kresge Foundation in recognition of his “creative vision and commitment to excellence.” According to its website, the fellowships promote “(t)he Kresge Foundation’s desire to advance the artistic careers of Detroit artists living and working in its hometown, as well as elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community.” The fellowship includes as $25,000 unrestricted prize.
Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation, said Johnson and each of his fellow recipients “help us see what we haven’t seen before, to make connections and quite often to challenge us."
, director of bands at Troy High School, could not agree more, saying, “Kris brings a breadth of knowledge and experience with him into the classroom and inspires our students to take their own performances to the highest level."