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Jeffrey P. Leonard

Music Education Faculty

Jeffrey P. Leonard graduated summa cum laude from the Berklee College of Music, having majored in music education and jazz composition and arranging. He was the first to graduate from Berklee’s newly instituted double major program, completing the five-year program in four years. He holds a M.M. in music education from Boston University, where he was invited to join the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. He has done additional graduate study at University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory (NEC) and Central Connecticut State University. 

After teaching for one year in the Andover, Massachusetts public schools, Leonard moved to Lexington High School (LHS), where he has been the director of bands and the jazz program since 1983, as well as acting coordinator of music education (1988–1990). In 1995, Leonard was the recipient of the Lexington Public School Teacher of the Year award for Exemplary Teaching. He has taught music education courses at NEC, directed the Jazz Ensemble at Boston University and for four years served as music director for musical theater productions at Boston College. With founder Don Gillespie’s retirement in 1996, Leonard was appointed music director for the Lexington Bicentennial Band.

Leonard is an active performer, arranger and conductor. As a saxophone and woodwind player, he performs extensively throughout New England in theaters and Boston area jazz clubs. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned by groups in Massachusetts, Virginia, Indiana and Maryland. As a conductor, he has made many guest conducting appearances with Bands, Orchestras, Pit Orchestras and Jazz Bands around New England, including the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble, The New Hampshire All-State Jazz Band, Central District Junior Festival Band and Jazz Ensemble, Central District Senior Festival Jazz Ensemble, The Lions Club All State Jazz Band, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Summer Band Camp and the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School. Leonard has worked as an adjudicator for District, State and National Division festivals for Heritage Festivals, and as a clinician for Concert band and Jazz festivals and workshops throughout New England. His groups at LHS have been consistent Gold medal winners at MICCA State Festivals, IAJE District and State festivals, the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, the University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition. They have been invited to perform at MENC All-State and All-Eastern division conventions and IAJE National conventions. 

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