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Stanley Leonard

Stanley Leonard's Biography

Timpanist Stanley Leonard is a noted performing artist, prolific composer, and dedicated percussion teacher and mentor. Leonard achieved prominence in the music world during a 38 year career as principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and faculty member of Duquesne and Carnegie-Mellon Universities.

His extensive compositions for percussion and other musical mediums are performed around the world. He conducts and performs his own compositions on the albums Canticle, Collage, and Reunion. His works for organ, timpani, and trumpet are featured on the album Acclamation. He is author of the well-known method book Pedal Technique for the Timpani, a text unique in its field.

He has presented master classes at leading conservatories and universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Leonard has been a major presenter at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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