Timpanist Stanley Leonard achieved prominence in the music world during a distinguished thirty-eight year career as "Principal Timpanist" of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performed internationally with the symphony in concerts, television productions, and recordings. As a solo artist, he premiered several major new works for solo timpani...

Timpanist Stanley Leonard achieved prominence in the music world during a distinguished thirty-eight year career as "Principal Timpanist" of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performed internationally with the symphony in concerts, television productions, and recordings. As a solo artist, he premiered several major new works for solo timpani and orchestra with the PSO. He received accolades for his performance from critics, conductors and fellow musical colleagues.

His extensive compositions for percussion and other musical mediums are published in the United States and Europe and performed around the world. He is author of Pedal Technique for the Timpani, a well-known method book that is unique in its field. He can be heard performing and directing his compositions for percussion on the CDs Canticle, Collage, and Reunion. His music for organ, timpani and trumpet is presented on the CD Acclamation. The CD Jubilate features his music for handbells.

He has presented master classes at leading conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. He is listed in the Hall of Fame of the Percussive Arts Society. He served for many years as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Duquesne University and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently handbell director for Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, Florida, in addition to being resident timpanist and composer.

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