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2016 March Young Artist Award

In 2007, at age six, Forrest Johnston played his first notes on the trumpet and shortly thereafter played his rendition of Ode to Joy in an elementary school talent show contest. With the strong encouragement of family, friends, and his elementary school principal, Forrest followed that successful performance with years of dedicated practice and study.

In 2009, Forrest began a measure-by-measure preparation of the first movement of the Hummel Concerto in anticipation of the 2010 National Trumpet Competition. He finished as a semi-finalist, but more importantly, he received great encouragement and warm support from a range of aspiring and professional trumpet players who attended his performance.
In the later grades of elementary school, Forrest's trumpet studies advanced from the etudes of Sigmund Hering to those of Theo Charlier and Walter Smith, and, after much pleading with his father, from playing the B-flat trumpet exclusively to playing the piccolo and other higher-pitched trumpets. In 2011, he performed the Arutunian Concerto for NTC (finishing third), and in 2012 and 2013, he won first place playing the Bellini Concerto (on piccolo) and the  Böhme Concerto. During his elementary school years, Forrest regularly participated in his school music program, but rather than playing trumpet (except in the annual talent shows), he played string bass and horn. He did, however, play trumpet with his father in a community adult wind ensemble.

Forrest has been a regular attendee at annual conferences of the International Trumpet Guild since 2011. He is thankful for the financial support he has received from ITG as a three-time conference scholarship recipient, and he has very much enjoyed the performance opportunities the Guild offer
s to young students through the annual ITG Youth Competition. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Forrest performed Ketting's Intrada, the Neruda , and Höhne’s Slavonic Fantasy, respectively, in the conference competitions. More significant than the accolades that Forrest has accumulated through these competitions has been the continuous flow of encouragement and praise that he has received from the wide range of players who attend the ITG conference each year. A particular highlight for Forrest was his experience working with David and Miriam Hickman in a masterclass at the 2013 conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Beginning in seventh grade, Forrest began his participation in the National Symphony Orchestra's Youth Fellowship Program. In this program, he has played in various chamber ensembles, been coached by members of the NSO, and received the opportunity to perform in solo and ensemble contexts on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. He has also performed in the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra program since 2014, where he has played in both the large orchestras and the chamber music program. In 2015, as an eighth grade student, Forrest returned to the National Trumpet Competition, where he finished in first place with a performance of the first movement of the Peskin Trumpet Concerto.

As a freshman at Langley High School in Great Falls, Virginia, Forrest currently plays in the school music program and is an avid participant on his school's cross country team. Forrest is honored to have been nominated for the Young Artist Award and very much appreciates everything the Guild has done for him over the years. As the March 2016 Young Artist Award recipient, he will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Forrest!



About the Editor: David Bohnert is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches conducting, music education, applied trumpet, and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands. He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).

An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule. He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference and the American Guild of Organists conference and is on the recording reviewing staff for the journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

David was selected for the 2009 State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at Wayne State College. He resides in Wayne, Nebraska with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.

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