David N. Johnson (born 28 June 1922, San Antonio, Texas) (died 2 August 1987 in Tempe, Arizona) was an American organist, composer, educator, choral clinician, and lecturer.
He studied organ and composition at Curtis Institute of Music (1940–1942), and was a lecturer at Syracuse University (1951). From 1960–1967, he was college organist of Boe Chapel and organ instructor at St Olaf College, Northfield MN. He was music department chair at St Olaf stolaf.edu 1965–1967. In 1967, he succeeded Arthur Poister as professor of music, university organist and director of music in Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University. He later moved to Arizona in 1969, where he taught at Arizona State University, Tempe, and served at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix. He died in Tempe on August 2, 1987.
Johnson published well over three hundred compositions, most of them for church use, and was author of an Instruction Book for Beginning Organists (1964) and an Organ Teacher's Guide (1971).
He was a composer who REALLY knew "how" to write "trumpet pieces", and this one, the "Trumpet Tune in D Major", was published by Augsburg Publishing House in 1962. I think it is the most "popular" of all of his pieces.
Each trumpet tune, has a unique feel and flavor to it, and uses the organ in creative and colorful ways.
I generally like to include a photo of the composer, but I could find none of David Johnson. I did find a picture of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, but it appears to have been "modernized and improved" (as in ruined), so I didn't bother to include that.
I would like to dedicate this upload to my friend and member Alex 19807.
It was his thoughtfulness that lead directly to this performance. THANK YOU, Alex! :-)
Since the music is still under copyright, I can not upload it, but if you are interested, you can find it for sale here: "Wedding Music, Book 2- Processionals and Recessionals"