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Richard Johnson, "The Music Man" of Roosevelt High

Feb 26, 2017 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Richard Johnson felt music in his bones, and enabled countless teenagers to feel it in their hearts.

From 1963 to 1983, Johnson led the band and orchestra programs at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, with a high point in 1974 of taking second place in an international music festival in Vienna, competing against bands from around the world.

"He was probably the best teacher we had in the entire time we were in high school," said Deb Elliott-Pearson, now a doctor in Montana, who w...