Lael Johnston is a percussionist, a conductor, and an educator. After completing a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Alberta, Lael spent several years touring North America with a variety of musical groups, covering a spectrum of musical styles. Returning to Calgary to pursue a career in education, he has spent the past decade with the Rocky View School Division as the Music Director at Chestermere High School. His current program includes Concert Jazz Bands, Jazz Ensembles and a Drumline. These groups have received international recognition with numerous tours including The Harrogate Youth Festival in England and the Wurzburg Festival in Germany. Lael continues to maintain a busy performance career as a freelance percussionist and is building a reputation as an adjudicator, clinician and public speaker.