Trumpet; Brass Area Coordinator
Leonard Foy is Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where his duties include teaching trumpet, jazz history, jazz combo, jazz improvisation, trumpet pedagogy, brass quintet, and brass techniques. Lennie, a university teacher since 1985, began this profession while pursuing doctoral studies in brass pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music, following completion of his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His trumpet teachers include Charles Gorham, Barbara Butler, Vincent DiMartino, Louis Davidson, and Stanley Friedman. His jazz instructors include David Baker, Ray Wright, Bill Dobbins, and Raymond Ricker.
In addition to an engaging role as university professor, Lennie maintains an active professional career in jazz and classical performance arts as a trumpeter and clinician. His recorded trumpet performances include membership with the Nashville Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Nashville Opera, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, New Brass Quintet, Stones River Chamber Players, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Arts Center Jazz Collective. His solo appearances include concerto performance tours with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, various works with numerous high school and college ensembles, and featured solos in recent CD recordings with the DePauw University Band and the Hal Leonard Jazz Orchestra conducted by John Clayton. As a freelance musician he has performed in major venues including the Kennedy Center, Pori International Brass Festival, and the Spoleto Music Festival and accompanied artists including Joe Williams, Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Roland Hanna. He continually records and tours as a member of the internationally acclaimed Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (since 1991) and the Brass Band of Battle Creek (since 2003).
During the summer months he serves as trumpet faculty of Birch Creek Music Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Shell Lake Arts and Education Center. Mr. Foy is a Conn-Selmer clinician with recent clinician appearances including the Ravinia Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Tennessee Music Educators Conference, Ohio International Trumpet Guild Conference, Purdue University Jazz Festival, and the Illinois (Chicago area) Honors Jazz Festival.