BAND DETAIL: Rusty Johnson | Saxophonist
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Rusty Johnson has been called one the most promising young saxophonists
in Dallas. Born and raised in the Midwest, Rusty recently migrated south
to pursue a Master's degree in jazz studies at the University of North
Texas. Since that move, he has become one of the busiest musicians in
the Dallas metro while managing a tour schedule that has taken him from
the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to the arenas of Shanghai.
Rusty has toured in countries such as: Romania, Mexico, Canada, and
China. With his truly unique saxophone sound, Rusty specializes in
jazz, pop, and contemporary worship, dazzling and inspiring audiences at
At the age of 25, Rusty has shared the stage with 4-time Grammy Award
winner Steven Curtis Chapman, Peruvian drummer and percussionist Alex
Acuna, Grammy nominated trombonist John Fedchock, Gaither recording
artist Marvin Mathews, drummer Antonio Sanchez who is currently playing
with the Pat Metheny Group, Dallas legends jazz pianist Buddy Shanahan,
vocalist Sandra Kaye, and many more.
When not touring or performing, Rusty takes to another of his passions,
child welfare advocacy. Raised in the Iowa child welfare system, Rusty
uses his personal experience to connect with youth, foster parents,
communities, and legislators. In 2004, Rusty worked with Congressman
Silvestre Reyes on Capitol Hill to promote the Child Welfare Agenda
through legislation such as One Church, One Child. Rusty has spoken at
numerous engagements throughout the country and has been awarded
numerous awards including the Central College TRIO Achiever, State of
Iowa Certificate of Recognition, signed by the 80th General Assembly,
and the El Paso CARE Coalition.
Currently Rusty is pursuing both his music and advocacy. Rusty, along
with the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and Design
America, are proud to announce the Rusty Johnson's American Dreams
Concert, benefiting Iowa's foster youth. In November 2006 Rusty is
coming home to Iowa. And with him will be some of the country's finest
musicians for a homecoming concert that will kickoff a statewide
campaign to raise awareness and hope for youth in foster care. All
ticket sales will be donated to the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent
Association for arts, fitness and mentoring programs.
Rusty hopes to soon release his first CD.
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