Johnson, Tommy [John Thomas ](ii)
- Richard H. Perry
[John Thomas ]
(b Los Angeles, CA, Jan 7, 1935; d Los Angeles, CA, Oct 16, 2006). American tuba player and educator. He attended the University of Southern California (BM 1956), where he studied with Robert Marsteller. In 1958 he began a recording career that eventually included more than 2000 film soundtracks, notably those for The Godfather, Jaws, Titanic, The Matrix, and the Indiana Jones and Star Trek movies, and hundreds of television shows. During his lifetime Johnson was thought to be the most heard tuba player in the United States. He received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player award for tuba for six years in a row from 1974 to 1980; the following year he was designated Emeritus Most Valuable Tuba Player, making him ineligible to win the award again. Johnson also was a member of the Glendale SO and the Los Angeles Tuba Quartet, and he appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony, and the LA Pops Orchestra....