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Dr. John Leisenring


Well known nationally and internationally as both a performer and teacher, Dr. John Leisenring has performed in 35 states and 11 foreign countries. Dr. Leisenring is a performer equally proficient in classical and jazz music, with additional expertise in computer-generated electronic music.

Leisenring retired from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City, in 2000, after having served there as Professor of Music from 1971. He previously taught at the University of Texas- Austin, at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1978 through 2000, he was a faculty member with the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps. University level courses taught include the History and Development of Jazz, the History and Development of Rock and Roll, Jazz Pedagogy, three levels of Jazz Improvisation, and jazz bands and jazz combos.

As a jazz trombonist, he has appeared in festivals and concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark as well as throughout the United States, including twice at the Newport Jazz Festival. While in Kansas City, John performed regularly in orchestras with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, the KC Ballet, and occasionally with the KC Symphony Orchestra.

Leisenring received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Additional study has been with the late ARNOLD JACOBS of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DAVID BAKER at Indiana University, and jazz trombonist SLIDE HAMPTON with funds provided by a National Endowment for the Arts Study Grant.

 John is a writer, and has been published in the JAZZ EDUCATOR’S JOURNAL, The JAZZ AMBASSADOR MAGAZINE and Kansas City’s PITCH WEEKLY.

Recordings include those with the SPIRIT OF KANSAS CITY ORCHESTRA and the MISSOURI BRASS QUINTET. He has also recorded works for solo trombone by the renowned American composer DR. JAMES MOBBERLEY.

John lived in Fort Collins, Colorado from 2003 to 2007, and performed often with the POUDRE RIVER IRREGULARS – a fine traditional jazz group – as well as with the BOB MONTGOMERY JAZZ GROUP, the COLORADO JAZZ ORCHESTRA, the MARK SLONIKER JAZZ GROUP, and with jazz singer MARY BUIRGY. He moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2007, where he was a member of Concordia Santa Fe, the Concordia Brass Quintet, and where he performed with various jazz groups. John moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in 2014, where he coaches and conducts a 13 piece string orchestra – The Village Strings, and appears occasionally with various jazz ensembles. He is also host of “Jazz On A Saturday Morning,” streaming @ WWW.KUHSRADIO.ORG.

You may contact Dr. Leisenring either by telephone at (970) 215-0285 or by email at john@jleisenring.com