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Leonard Duarte

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Leonard Duarte

Leonard Duarte (b. 28 September 1935, Brawley, Calif.) is an American composer and teacher.

Duarte began the study of trombone at an early age and studied music theory and arranging while in high school.  His trombone teachers included Forrest Baird (San Jose State University) and Robert Marstellar (Los Angeles Philharmonic).  He studied composition with Roger Sessions and orchestration and band scoring with Joseph Wagner and Daniel Hiestand.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in Composition degree from California State University, Chico.

From 1960 to1968, Duarte taught band and orchestra at the junior and senior high school level in the Pasadena (California) Unified School District.  In 1968, he assumed the position as band, orchestra, and choir director at Chico Senior High School.  In 1992, he was named conductor of the wind ensemble at California State University, Chico, where he also teaches trombone, composition, band scoring, and methods classes.

Duarte has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Secondary Educator of America (1974-1975) and Educator of the Year, California Music Educators Association (1989-1990).  He has been commissioned to compose several new works.


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