Mr. Leonard is currently in his tenth year as Director of Bands at Courtland High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated with honors and was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student during his senior year.
Throughout his teaching career, his ensembles have consistently received Excellent and Superior Ratings at Concert and Marching Festivals at the District and State level.
As the Director of Bands, Mr. Leonard is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Courtland Band Program. He directs the award-winning Royal Brigade Marching Band, The CHS Wind Ensemble, The Concert Band, the Jazz Band, and the Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Leonard also teaches the AP Music Theory Course at Courtland High School. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Leonard has been active as an adjudicator and clinician for Concert and Marching Contests and Festivals throughout Virginia and North Carolina. He has maintained a private studio for Brass students in the Greater Richmond Area. He has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Band Camp staff for the past 14 years, working with the Drum Majors, teaching Low Brass Master Classes, serving as Recital Chair for the Middle School student recitals. Mr. Leonard also serves as a Regional Coordinator for Music In The Parks – Kings Dominion Festivals, a position he has held for the past fifteen years. Mr. Leonard performs regularly as a member of The Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of music educators, professional musicians, and other highly talented instrumentalists from Central Virginia. Professional memberships include MENC, Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Leonard currently resides in Hanover County, Virginia with his wife, Marcey, and their two sons, Matthew and Evan.