John Lewis Folsom, Jr. (Johnny) has recently retired from 45 years of full time band directing and resides in Columbus, Mississippi. He spent twenty-five years as a successful band director in Alabama, first at Geneva (8 years) and then at TR Miller, Brewton (17 years), and13 years with the prestigious Cairo High School Band in Georgia. He also spent 7 years as the Director of Bands and low brass instructor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Folsom is now a Lecturer with the Mississippi State University Music Department serving as a university supervisor of student interns and teaching music appreciation.
Folsom was a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and served as chairman for district 2. He is also a past president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association and was honored by the Troy State University’s music faculty as its 1996 Alumnus of the Year. He has judged numerous marching and concert festivals in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina and regularly serves as an honor band clinician. Mr. Folsom was honored to be selected to the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the High School Band Directors National Association Hall of Fame.