H. Wade Johnson, Educator, Performer, Music Arranger, and Clinician is a native of McClellanville, South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Secondary Counseling at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg South Carolina, and a Masters Degree in Jazz Education, from Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
H. Wade Johnson is currently the Director of Bands at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Teaching is his calling and music is his passion. Music is a message that brings universal love to one and all.
H. Wade Johnson has traveled internationally performing with Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis, better known as the original “JB’s” (James Brown Band) and with his own bands “USSENCE” and “PRIDE” Ensemble. He has performed with the late “DIZZY” Gillespie (his musical idol and mentor) Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Sample, Martha Reeves, The Spinners, The Temptations, The Hawkins Family, Dorinda Clark Cole, Marvin Sapp and many other artists.
H. WADE JOHNSON
“PRIDE” Ensemble is a performing musical entity comprised of some of the greatest musicians on the East Coast. While attending South Carolina State University, the group was formed in 1982 to serve as the opening act for major shows, such as Con Funk Shun, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Commodores, Earth Wind and Fire and many other artists.
“PRIDE” Ensemble performs all genres of music: Smooth & Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Funk, and The Blues. “PRIDE” Ensemble GUARANTEES an UNFORGETTABLY great time!!!