When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

Originally, I didn’t really mean to study music. In the 6th grade, all of my friends always talked about playing this weird thing with a slide and it made funny noises. I just wanted to join in on the fun so I joined band and ended up loving it. I became much more serious about studying music when I got to middle school and high school, where I joined multiple ensembles.

Setup & Music Gear

Vincent Bach Mercedes II small bore F attachment, Getzen 351 small bore tenor, Lyons Monarch small bore tenor.
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Trombonist Breanna Johnson

Located in Rock Creek, Ohio

  • Trombone
  • Years Playing: 7 years


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What are you doing with music right now?

Currently I am in my senior year of high school and I am involved in many different things that deal with music. I’m in my high school stage band, pep band, symphonic band and marching band. Outside of school, I am in a jazz fusion band called 8 Days Late. We’re currently just going after as many gigs as we can.

Who are some of your influences?

I listen to a lot of music and I am easily influenced by a variety of genres. I am heavily influenced by Snarky Puppy, Huntertones, Lucky Chops and BadBadNotGood. Other inspiring artists/bands that are not jazz oriented include The Strokes, Lady Gaga, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

Who do you/have you studied with?

I used to be in a rock band called Zoetic and we wrote our own music, and we played at a talent show. I’m currently in a jazz fusion band with other people who are also part of our high school stage band. We’ve been working on finding local gigs and we’ve participated in the Tri-C High School Rock Off at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I take lessons with my director Fred Burazer and I’ve also studied with guitarist Dennis Drummond.

What are some of your goals musically for the future?

In my future, I would like to perform as much as possible or maybe teach private lessons. I’m going to college to major in jazz studies, but I’d still like to expand my boundaries. I would love to just tour the world and collaborate with other artists, and essentially create and share as much music as time allows.

Any additional information you would like to add?

Even though I’ve never taken lessons, I can also sing. I really enjoy singing and writing my own songs, it’s a relaxing thing to do.

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Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.