Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Master musician and performer Johnny Holliday serenades audiences with his unique renditions of popular songs and original music providing an amazing show that is tailored to any event. With Smooth, Latin & Contemporary Jazz as well as several other styles, his repertoire reflects his virtuosity. Johnny brings a different dimension to his music, as he is both a disciplined military member, and a man of deep faith. He offers an excellent collection of recorded works as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, alongside his expertise in front of an audience, a fact our armed forces know well. When you hear Johnny Holliday playing you are having a great time!
Recently performing at the Miami Jazz in the Gardens Festival, Johnny Holliday opened the show for major artist such as Al Jarreau, Lauryn Hill, Layla Hathaway, Johnny Gil and many more. Johnny Holliday is often found performing in concerts, festivals, as well as for Military Dignitaries and Ambassador’s from Foreign Countries. His music is sought after internationally within both popular and military circles. And on special occasions, Johnny Holliday is requested to perform at personal events, from dinner parties to formal military balls by 4 Star Generals. His newest Jazz CD “In The Light” was featured on local news stations NBC, CBS and FOX. Johnny Holliday is an active Air Force Member, who grew up playing the trumpet and developed his excellent ear touring with the Air Force Show Band “Tops in Blue” performing in 14 countries and 44 states.
While serving in Iraq, the long hours as a Security Forces Member created what Johnny calls a “spiritual training ground”. During a landmark moment, far from his loved ones and family, after playing alone in a church, Holliday was asked to share his gift with the troops and perform on the base. It was then that he finally found the truth of his life path, “ Playing my trumpet for that music show was an epiphany. Just as my military career and love of country are very important to me, I finally recognized I equally love my music.”
Awards:Awards are nice but it was never the main focus of what I wanted to do a Musician & Jazz Artist. When I perform in or out of uniform for an audience of any size...it's for this reason I do what I do: “I believe that this nation is in enough distress as it is, so if there is way I can encourage anyone, either through speaking, listening, or music, that's what I'll do. I can't change the world, but I can try to lighten the burdens of those around me.”
SMSgt Willfredo Vargas, Superintendent of Operations Security Forces “ SSgt Johnny Holiday is one of our top troops. He does an excellent job and he is always using his talents off duty to reach out to the community and make our unit look good.” ***482nd FW Citizen Airman Spotlight***
Staff Sgt. Johnny Holliday, 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, lent his musical talents to more than 60 live events during his deployment here, which included ceremonies, holiday functions and memorial services. Word about his talents spread like wild fire during his deployment, and he was soon asked to play at various events throughout the base. Up until that point, the sergeant was more interested in training to become an Air Force para-rescue man. Sergeant Holliday’s experiences playing for the Airmen during his deployments convinced him to pursue a career in music. ***By Senior Airman Eric Schloeffel Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq Public Affairs***
Johnny Holliday is a phenomenal musician, able to play masterfully several instruments and sing as well. His talents are such that I believe that he should probably devote his full time and energy to performing. The remarkable thing is that he doesn't do it for self aggrandizement or seeking to profit from it. He uses his craft to serve others and as a platform to transmit a positive and fruitful message. ***Brigadier General Hector E. Pagan, U.S. Army Special Forces***
Johnny Holliday has performed here at Homestead Miami Speedway on several occasions. He has done an excellent job in front of audiences up to 70,000 spectators. ***Al Garcia, VP/Operations Homestead Miami Speedway***
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Johnny Holliday. In addition to being an Active Duty Military member, Mr. Holliday is a wonderfully talented and successful Jazz Artist. After listening to the work form his latest album “In The Light” There was no question… Mr. Holliday would be a great addition and representative of Marcinkiewicz Co. Mr. Holliday has an incredible work ethic, which is consistently reconfirmed by following his successful playing career. ***Zack Marcinkiewicz, GM Marcinkiewicz Co Inc***
Johnny Holliday has extensive experience performing for the U.S. military, including a previous tour with the Air Force Show Band Tops in Blue. His commitment to entertaining his fellow Service men and women is exemplary. When Johnny performs, his dedication to both the music and the Armed Force is evident. ***Douglas M. Fraser, (4-Star) General , U.S. Air Force Commander***
...Recently I secured Johnny Holliday to play at multiple events centered around Air Combat Command's outstanding Airman of the Year Festivities, to include being the head-liner for the culminating banquet. Johnny Holliday stole the show and we received many kudos for a first-class event. ***Martin S. Klukas, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, Command Senior Enlisted Leader***