C. William Johnson, 85, the band director at Oxon Hill High School from 1952 until his retirement in 1981, died March 27 at a rehabilitation center in League City, Tex.

The cause was chronic myeloid leukemia, said his daughter, Susan Barbour.

Mr. Johnson led the school band in performance at prominent clinics and festivals nationally as well as the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. He was a founder and first president of the Maryland Band Directors Association, and he was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1964.

Charles William Johnson was born in Powhatan Point, Ohio, and raised in Quaker City, Ohio. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a 1951 music education graduate of what is now Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

He moved to Texas from Temple Hills in 2006.

His wife, the former Nancy Pyles, whom he married in 1957, died in 2010. Their son Dennis W. Johnson died in 1990.

Survivors include two children, Susan Barbour of Friendswood, Tex., and David Johnson of Mount Airy, Md.; a brother; and two grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein