Augie Johnson, a Leo, was born in New Orleans, but moved to L.A. when he was five (his father is a musician). Augie began to play the clarinet at age six; two years later he was playing in the American Legion Band. When he was ten, he joined Bob Mitchell's Boys Choir, and toured with them for four years. He also sang on "High Hopes" with Frank Sinatra. While in junior high Augie took up tenor and alto saxophones, and formed his first band, "The Jazztronauts." During his years at Washington High School, Augie was active in both instrumental and vocal groups, playing in several and forming a couple of his own. Augie went to Los Angeles City College, majored in music, and met Louis Patton. Then the Army got him. Johnson spent his two years as an entertainment specialist-producing and participating in all kinds of functions, both on the base and in the community.