De Soto Jr.

trumpet and cornet

Johnathan De Soto Jr. is an alumnus of McKinley High School. In March 2016, he and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble I traveled to New York to play in the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall. Upon performing, the band had earned a 98% marking, the highest score ever recorded in the festival history. After working with the head adjudicator Dr. William V. Johnson in April 2016, Johnathan earned himself a personal recommendation for any music college he decides to attend. Johnathan is in his 8th year of playing the tuba and has picked up the bass trombone, and euphonium. He also learns other brass instruments in his free time. Johnathan is currently studying at Kapiʻolani Community College and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for his Bachelor of Music Degree in Tuba Performance. At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Johnathan is the principal tubist with their Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with the Hawaiʻi Symphonic Band, Honolulu Wind Ensemble, KCC Synthesizer Ensemble, and is a substitute tubist for the Royal Hawaiian Band. Johnathanenjoys playing with his fellow musicians and teaching and connecting with young musicians. He recently played a bass trombone, ukulele, cajón, and drum set quartet playing Jake Shimabukuro's "Orange World". His primary teachers include Alan Ing, Dr. T.J. Ricer, and Dr. Gabriel Arnold.