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Johnson, Roy A.


Biographical Information

Roy A. Johnson was born in Evergreen Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Johnson graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences in 1960 and earned a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue in 1962.

In 1966 Johnson accepted the full-time position of Assistant Director of the band department, working for four years with roles including: Assistant of the Marching Band, conductor of two of the concert bands, and conductor of the basketball pep band. Johnson then accepted a full-time position in the Office of the Registrar, where he would supervise academic records until 1999.

However, since autumn of 1973 Roy Johnson’s most famous role was as announcer for the “All-American” Marching Band. He cemented his place as the voice and ambassador of the Purdue Band alongside John DeCamp at Purdue football games and other events. Additionally, Johnson served as an advisor and alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary fraternity of Purdue Bands, as well as vice-president and president. Johnson retired from his positon in 2015.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.