Johnny Folsom has spent twenty-five years as a successful band director in Alabama, first at Geneva (8 years) and then at TR Miller, Brewton (17 years).† Folsom is in his eleventh year with the prestigious Cairo High School Band in Georgia.
Over the years Folsomís bands have won numerous awards both on the field and on the concert stage.† The Syrupmaker Band has performed as the featured halftime band in exhibition at Troy University football games in 2002 and in 2003, & 2007, and at Valdosta State University football games in 2008 & 2009.† And, the Cairo Syrupmaker Band marched in the nationally televised Orlando Citrus Parade in 2009.† Folsomís bands have also performed in exhibition performances at the 2000 Notre Dame-Navy football game in Orlando, at the 1995 Sugar Bowl, the 1998 Auburn-Virginia football game, the 1997 Troy State-Eastern Kentucky game, the 1989 Auburn-Pacific game, and the 1985 Livingston State Sesquicentennial Homecoming game.† On the stage they have performed at the 1987 Tri-States Band Festival at Florida State University, at the 1989 Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy State University, and at the 1998 Alabama Music Educators Conference at Auburn University.† And, the Cairo Symphony Band performed at the Southeastern United States Concert Band Festival at Troy University in 2008.
Folsom is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and is the current chairman for district 2.† He is also a past president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association.† Troy State Universityís music faculty selected Mr. Folsom as its 1996 Alumnus of the Year.† He has judged numerous marching and concert festivals in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
Johnny and his wife Betty Ann have two married daughters, both of whom were band members and majorettes at Auburn University. †