University of Arizona Band Day


University of Arizona (Virtual) Band Day

Open to: High School band students, directors, and instructional staff

Registration Deadline is October 17

The 67th Annual University of Arizona (Virtual) Band Day

October 24, 2020

The University of Arizona Band Day is a community and educational outreach program for secondary schools throughout the southwest region. Even during these unprecedented times, the Fred Fox School of Music remains committed to this idea.

In lieu of our traditional full-day band exhibition, the Fred Fox School of Music is hosting a “virtual” Band Day for all area high school band students, directors, and instructional staff/coaches. Participants will attend role-based clinics and get to meet the 2020 “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band. There is no cost for attendance. All participants must register by October 17 in order to attend.


Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom

1:00-1:30: Welcome Presentation

  • Welcome by Professor Chad Shoopman, Director of Athletic Bands
  • Event Introduction by Professor Yudai Ueda, Assistant Director of Bands
  • Pride of Arizona Band Day Presentation

1:30-2:20: Breakout Clinics

  • Brass and Woodwinds hosted by Fred Fox School of Music faculty
  • Percussion (battery and front ensemble) hosted by Pride of Arizona percussion staff
  • Color Guard, Pom/Dance, Twirlers hosted by Pride of Arizona auxiliary coaches
  • “The Off-Season Design Process” for directors and staff hosted by Dr. Bert Johnson, Lincoln-Way East High School (Frankfort, Illinois)

2:30-3:30: Breakout Sessions with the 2020 Pride of Arizona

  • High School Students – Q&A sessions hosted by Pride of Arizona section leaders and members
  • Directors and Staff – Q&A session and discussion led by Pride of Arizona directors and staff

All information above is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

The Pride of Arizona Bands are committed to the strategic vision of the University of Arizona in becoming a leading arts destination that fully embraces collaboration to fuel social impact, cultural development and economic growth in our community, our state, our nation, and worldwide.

Dr. Bert JohnsonDr. Bert Johnson

Music Department Chair
Instrumental Music Instructor
Lincoln-Way East High School

Dr. Bert Johnson Is the Music Department Chair and an instrumental music teacher at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, IL. His departmental responsibilities include curricular, instructional, operational and financial oversight of the Lincoln-Way East High School Music Programs. He is the public relations liaison for all performance and events each year in coordination with the Lincoln-Way East Music Department, Lincoln-Way East Music Boosters and the Lincoln-Way High School District 210. He is additionally responsible for implementing the music department curriculum in tandem with instructional coaching for the music faculty. His curricular teaching responsibilities include conducting the Honors Wind Ensemble, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles respectively. His extracurricular teaching responsibilities include directing the Lincoln-Way District Marching Band the Griffin Football Band and over seeing all departmental extracurricular operations.

Prior to his return to Lincoln-Way East in 2012, Dr. Johnson was responsible for implementing the planning and opening of the Lincoln-Way North High School Music Program also located in Frankfort, IL. He penned the fight song for Lincoln-Way North High School entitled “Phoenix Rising” and led the department as Chair from its inception in 2008 until 2012. During the 2011-12 school year, Dr. Johnson was named the interim district department chair for the Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North High School Music Programs.

Dr. Johnson’s pedigree in music began as a trumpet performer studying under the guidance of Mr. Charles Duval, Mr. William Lucas, and as a regular brass student of the late Mr. Arnold Jacobs, former principal tubist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Collegiately, Dr. Johnson was a former lead trumpet for the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ellen Rowe and was a member of the exclusive Disneyland All-American College Band in 1997 under the direction of Art Bartner. Professionally, Dr, Johnson was a member of the legendary “Futurecorps” from EPCOT in the Walt Disney World resort and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, CA.

Dr, Johnson is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA), The jazz educators network (JEN) and the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). He has served as Jazz Division Chair for the ILMEA District 1 schools and is member of the advisory council for the Music Educators Development Division (MEDD) for ILMEA, Dr. Johnson is a regular presenter for ILMEA and most recently presented at the NAFME national conference regarding “evaluation and accountability in the music classroom”. Dr. Johnson has twice been selected as a Golden Apple Nominee and has received the Illinois Jaycees award for the the “Top Ten Outstanding Young People of Illinois” in 2007. He holds the following degrees: B.M. Music Education ’99, Univ. of Michigan; M.A Educational Administration ’07, Gov. State Univ.; and completed an Ed.D in Educational Leadership And Policy at Loyola University Chicago in 2015. He also holds an both a Principal’s and Superintendent’s License for the State of Illinois. Dr. Johnson resides in Frankfort, IL with his wife Erika and daughters Ellery Alice Claire and Britton Matilda Kate.