Lucas M. Johnson (b. 2002) is a composer and trombonist from West Lafayette, Indiana. He is currently an undergraduate student at Purdue University studying Music Technology as well as Film and Video Studies. As a trombonist, Johnson is heavily involved in the Purdue Symphonic Band, Boiler Brass, and the “All-American” Marching Band. He has also had the pleasure and privilege of studying trombone performance with Bill Kisinger, the longtime assistant director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, as well as the recently retired musical director of the Lafayette Citizens Band, which he is a member.
Johnson graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette in the class of 2021. Throughout high school, he was highly active in regional and state ensembles, as well as solo and ensemble competitions at the regional and state level. Lucas began composing and arranging for concert and marching/pep band in high school. His first concert work, Valley of the Fallen Lords, published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company, was written during his senior year as a parting gift for his high school band director, Steve Cotten. Not formally trained in composition, he has learned many techniques through his musical experiences outside of the classroom. In addition, Lucas has also had the pleasure of working with renown composer, clinician, and educator, Matt Conaway, as well as accomplished film composer, Matthew Janszen.