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Bruce has been playing music since he was 8 years old when he began taking piano lessons from his mom. At the age of 12, he began learning guitar from local musician Shawn Caden. Shawn's teaching style focuses heavily on the theory side of music and teaches people how to apply that theory to any instrument they feel inclined to learn. Shawn also taught Bruce piano, bass guitar, upright bass, and violin. Bruce began taking private violin lessons from a professional local violinist, Kimberly Protzman, during the summer of 2017. He plays with several different bluegrass bands and groups and enjoys finding new places where he and his brothers can share their music. Bruce also enjoys computer programming and is going to college for Computer Science. He plans to eventually go on to study software engineering.
Jacob started learning to play clarinet when he was 9 years old. He was taught by Dave Figura who owns DNF Brass & Woodwind music store in Honesdale, then later by Sue Apgar. Jacob has played in the NEPA Homeschool Band conducted by retired band director Ray Stedenfeld for 3 years. And was also accepted into the Marywood honors band of 2017. Jacob learned the basics of bass guitar from Bruce in early 2018 and was the bass guitar player during their performance at Irving Cliff Brewery in February 2018. He also began learning the fundamentals of drums from Shawn Caden later on in the same year. Jacob enjoys cooking and wants to be a chef after high school.
Ryan began playing violin when he was 10 years old. He currently takes lessons from a professional local violinist, Kimberly Protzman. Ryan has played at several nursing homes in the area and has performed in many of the string concerts Kimberly Protzman has held over the years. He also played in the NEPA Homeschool Band conducted by retired band director Ray Stedenfeld for 3 years. Ryan enjoys working with his hands and is currently working at Fertile Valley Farms near Honesdale, PA.
Most of the performances the Johnson Trio produces are funded by tips alone. Often times, things like the cost of our instruments and the price of gas don't get covered by the tip jar. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will help us spread music throughout all of NEPA.