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Peter Johnson

peter.johnson@mcnallysmith.edu

Peter Johnson

Peter has spent his entire career as a full time professional drummer/musician/songwriter. In the mid 70’s, he was a drummer and toured the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand for three years with Manhattan Transfer. He played on “Manhattan Transfer Live”, an album recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. He also played on the “Pastiche” Manhattan Transfer studio album.

He has written hundreds of jingles, songs and underscores for commercials, including composing and producing all the music for two “Sesame Street Live” shows, which toured the world.

Peter was the house band drummer for two American Public Radio weekly shows that were heard nationally: “Good Evening” and “First House on the Right,” where played with Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, and Harry Connick Jr., among many others.

Peter still exhibits his drumming versatility; in appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, he’s played Klezmer music with Doc Severinson, and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He plays often with “Synergy,” one of the elite variety bands in the Twin Cities. He is the principal percussionist with the Minnesota Sinfonia, a 26-piece chamber orchestra. He makes frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Peter has played with Michael Bolton, Sister Sledge, Freda Payne, Trisha Yearwood, Chuck Berry, David Gaines, and Donny Osmond, among many others. He also does recording sessions with local artists.