Olin Johannessen

Olin Johannessen hails from Portsmouth, NH, where he currently resides and holds the position of Grades 6-12 Director of Choral Activities for the Portsmouth School Department. Prior to his appointment here, Johannessen received his Master's degree in Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011), where he also received a Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance (2005). He was a founding member of the MASS Marimba Band, an ensemble developed to bring contemporary Pop, Latin, and Jazz styles to the keyboard ensemble program at UMass.

Johannessen is also the former Assistant Director of Education at the Vic Firth Company, a position he held for over two years (2007-2009). During that same time period he served as the Assistant Director of Percussion at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA (2007-2010), as well as front ensemble arranger and instructor for both the 2009 WGI PSO Bronze Medal-winning ensemble and the 2009 USSBA Group IV National Championship-winning ensemble, a group which also took High Percussion honors.

Johannessen has a collective eight years of drum corps experience, all with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Olin was a six-year member (1999-2004) of the front ensemble before his age-out season, after which he was appointed to the front ensemble instructional staff, which he was a part of for two seasons (2005-2006).

Johannessen cites his multitudinous musical experiences and influential mentors for his pursuing a life in music. Personal and musical mentors include Thom Hannum, Steve Cirillo, Salvatore Macchia, Dr. Charles Bestor, Jerry Carpenter, Rich Viano, Jared Johnson, Eduardo Leandro, Michael Klesch, George N. Parks, Jeff Holmes, and Dr. Gary Karpinski.

Johannessen is a Vic Firth Educational Endorser and is proud to have all of his current percussion titles published exclusively by Tapspace Publications.
A catchy composition by the famous banjo picker and jazz musician Béla Fleck from "Left of Cool". Its simple melody, arranged wonderfully by Olin Johannessen, encapsulates the folksy sound of Americana.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
An upbeat, crowd-pleasing percussion ensemble arrangement of Pat Metheny’s popular original. Primary mallet-based with rhythm section and options for extended solos.
Duration: 4:00 - 6:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
This duet weaves in and out of multiple time signatures and phrasings, requiring the performers to have a solid sense of communication while being versatile with 4-mallet technique.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Advanced