The Marching Redcoats
The Leon High School Marching Redcoats have earned a superior rating for 75 consecutive years. The Leon Symphonic Band also consistently earns straight superiors at District and State Music Performance Assessments.
Other Honors and Awards
2000 Sudler Flag of Distinction:
This international award is given by the John Philip Sousa foundation. It is to honor the most outstanding band programs in the world, who have demonstrated extremely high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years.
National Recognition and Performances:
The Leon High School Band has been invited to perform for these prestigious international events and conventions:
- National Band and Orchestra Festival – Carnegie Hall, New York
- College Band Directors’ National Association / National Band Association
- Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic, Troy, Alabama
- Mid-East Instrumental Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- New York State Band Directors Association Annual Symposium
- Festival of Winds at the University of South Florida
- Florida Music Educators Association
- All-South Music Institute, Mississippi.
- Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference
- Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic-This is the largest convention of band and orchestra directors in the world. A performance of this nature is one of the most prestigious honors that a band can receive. The Leon High School Band has performed at Midwest twice-the symphonic band in 1997, and chamber ensembles in 1998.
London New Year’s Day Parade, 2014
The Leon Band marched in the 2014 London New Year’s Day Parade as well as played in Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. You can see highlights from that once-in-a-lifetime trip on the Leon2London Facebook page.
Individual Student Achievement
National Wind Ensemble: Leon HS has had several students accepted to the National Wind Ensemble. They were selected by an audition process from high school and college musicians from throughout the country. They performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, and will be conducted by H. Robert Reynolds, who is considered to be the greatest symphonic band conductor in the world.
All-State: Each year, Leon High School has a representative in the FBA All-State ensembles.
All-District Honor Band: Leon High School usually has around 30 students selected each year for the Big Bend All-District Honor Band.
Honor Bands: Leon High School usually has between 7 and 10 students selected for the Tri-State Honor Bands at Florida State University. Our students also make the very elite Tri-State Honors Jazz Ensemble.
Private Lessons: Leon High School strives to have the best musicians in the area teaching our students private lessons. Some of them come to the school for students who can’t go out to FSU for lessons. All of our private teachers are professors, graduate students, and/or professional musicians. Several FSU music education majors also work with the students individually or in sectionals on a regular basis.
Solo and Ensemble MPA:
The students of the Leon High School Band earn almost one hundred superior awards each year at District Solo and Ensemble MPA. Our students also earn dozens of superior awards at State Solo and Ensemble MPA
College: Almost all the students who graduate from Leon High School and become music majors earn scholarships at a major university. Leon High School offers an A.P. Music Theory class as part of their outstanding Advanced Placement academic program.