January 11-12, 2006


ITEM 130-2001-R0106                Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Music upon Glen Johnston; Montana State University-Bozeman


THAT:                                       Upon the occasion of the retirement Glen Johnston from the faculty of Montana State University, the Board of Regents wishes to express its appreciation for his service to the University, the Montana University System, and the people of the State of Montana.


EXPLANATION:                        Professor Johnston joined the faculty of the Department of Music at MSU in 1974, and has been at the rank of Professor since 1990.  During his more than thirty years of service to Montana State University, he has distinguished himself through his teaching, his performance as a jazz and classical trombonist, and as the director of the MSU Jazz Program.


Before coming to Montana State University, Professor Johnston taught at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and at Southwest Missouri State University.  For many years, he was active in the professional jazz arena where he performed extensively with high-profile jazz bands and in major house bands in Las Vegas, and recorded for Hollywood film studios.


In recent years, Professor Johnston's research on the hunting hornCthe instrument, its literature and its influence on the development of modern brass instruments and repertoire has earned him a widespread reputation among brass musicians, both in the US and in Europe.  He has been honored by the German Hunting Association for his years of service to the Bläsercorp der Jägershaft Münden as performer and teacher, and in 2002 was bestowed knighthood by the Ritterordens St. Hubertus (Teutonic Knights order founded in 1444) for his research in the area of German hunting practices and the use of various types of horns and horn calls as a means of communication among hunters.  He was a contributing author/researcher for Das Fürst-Pless Horn, published by Landbuch Verlag in 1999 and winner of the Book-of-the-Year Award for the Deutsche Jagdschütz Verband.


Professor Johnston continues to represent MSU with his dance band, often performing at important public events such as the Inaugural Balls for Montana=s Governors, other high-visibility public relations and fundraising events for Montana State University.


For these and other contributions, the Board of Regents of Higher Education is pleased to confer upon Glen Johnston the rank of Professor Emeritus of Music at Montana State University and wishes him/her well for many years in the future.