Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 Sphinx Stars Finalist Kameron Johnson is 14-year-old Pianist and Summa Cum Laude Student at Detroit Country Day Middle School

Kameron Johnson

Sphinx Stars: Detroit
    2013 Stars Finalist


Kameron Johnson is a 14 year-old pianist who is a Summa Cum Laude 8th grade student at Detroit Country Day Middle School. Currently, Kameron receives private lessons from jazz pianist Robert Buddy Budson.  For the past three years, Kameron has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Ensembles jazz program working with professional musicians such as pianist Tad Weed, drummer Sean Dobbins, and Trumpeter Rayse Biggs. Kameron is also a member of the U of M Michigan Youth Ensembles Jazz Ensemble under the direction of trombonist Vincent Chandler.  

Kameron has participated in various youth programs, which include the Arts League of Michigan Jazz Ensembles Program where he received ensemble instruction under the direction of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and the MSU Community Music School Jazz Camp under the direction of Rodney Whittaker.  

Kameron is the pianist for the talented professional youth jazz group, KDJ Trio, which includes his 11 year-old brother, percussionist Donavon Johnson and 15 year-old bassist Jonathon Muir-Cotton. The trio was formed in September 2010 and has performed for numerous local organizations, corporations and jazz clubs including the world famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. 

Kameron’s trio had the pleasure of performing at the University of Michigan non-competitive 2013 Jazz Festival and received adjudication from pianist Geri Allen and saxophonist Andrew Bishop. The group’s performance earned them an Outstanding Musicianship Award. Kameron’s professional aspirations are to become a general surgeon and music composer.

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