Stan Johnson — a woodwind and brass instrument teacher at Watermelon Music, the Davis Waldorf School and in his private studio — will perform a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in music at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He taught high school music for 36 years, in California, Montana, Japan, Wisconsin and England.
As a professional musician, he has performed all over the Midwest and Western United States, Germany, Japan and England. He has performed with The Four Tops, Norton Buffalo, saxophonist Pete Chistilleb from the “Tonight Show,” Mary Fettig and Sonia Jason, trombonist Dave Eshelman, trumpeters Mike Vax and Marvin McFadden, percussionist Pete Escovedo, Sierra Brass & Electric from Nevada City, Slick & the Sliders from Winters and Gray Daze from Fairfield.
He currently performs with Rocky and the Revellettes from Woodland, the Latin band Sapo Guapo from Vacaville and Stingy Brim Band from Vacaville. He also performs with his own groups, J. Harrison B. and the John Stanson Band.