2018 Johnson Finalists


Finalists (in alphabetical order):

 

Ethan Evans

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Jim Pugh, teacher

 

Drew Kilpela

Michigan State University; Michael Dease, teacher

 

Caleb Smith

Oberlin Conservatory; Robin Eubanks, teacher

 

First Alternate:

Chris Glassman

Michigan State University; Michael Dease, teacher

 

Second Alternate:

Conner Eisenmenger

University of North Texas; Tony Baker, teacher

 

Honorable Mention:

Thomas Voss

Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide; Alex Taylor, teacher

 

Judges:

Andy Hunter, WDR Big Band

Ed Neumeister, Rutgers University

Mark Nightingale, trombonist and composer (UK)