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LeonDr. G. Leon Kirkpatrick received his Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. He went on to earn dual Bachelor degrees in Composition and Conducting from The Hartt School of Music, the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut; a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree with an emphasis in Conducting from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky; and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The subject for Dr. Kirkpatrick's doctoral dissertation was Kentucky composer/conductor and fellow Salvationist, James Curnow. Among those with whom Dr. Kirkpatrick has studied conducting is Ruth Still, David Zuschin, Dr. Richard Russack, Kimcherie Lloyd, and Dr. John ‘Cody' Birdwell.

Dr. Kirkpatrick has served as the Divisional Music Director for the Salvation Army's Kentucky/Tennessee Division and as a Music Educator for the Jefferson County Public School System in Louisville, Kentucky and the Kentucky School for the Blind. He also held a position with the Louisville Youth Orchestra as conductor for their Repertory Orchestra.

From 2001-2009, Dr. Kirkpatrick served as Director of Instrumental Activities and Music Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He founded and conducted the BU Wind Symphony, the BU Chamber Winds, the BU Chamber Orchestra, and directed the BU Knights Pep Band. He also taught Instrumental Conducting, Music History, a Recital Preparation class, and helped coordinate recruitment efforts for the Music Department. For three years during his tenure at Bellarmine, Dr. Kirkpatrick served as Co-Chair of the Music Department.

In 2003, Dr. Kirkpatrick founded The Louisville Youth Band (LYB), a non-profit organization dedicated to Music Education and youth music performance. The LYB consisted of 3 Concert Bands, 3 Jazz Combos, and 2 Percussion Ensembles. He served as its Executive Director and Music Director for 6 years.

In 2004, Dr. Kirkpatrick helped found the Louisville Area Cultural Arts For Everyone (LA CAFE) program at The Salvation Army's South Louisville Corps in Louisville, KY. This program provided education to kids and adults of the Metro Louisville area in the areas of Piano, Dance, Drama, Band, Choir, Guitar, Visual Arts, and Martial Arts. He served as the Program Director for LA CAFE for 5 years.

In May of 2009, Dr. Kirkpatrick began his appointment as the Territorial Music Publications and Marketing Specialist for the Southern Territory of The Salvation Army. In this position, Dr. Kirkpatrick assists with the production of three annual music publications published by The Salvation Army USA South Music Publications and is responsible for the marketing and sales of those publications along with the other musical resources produced by The Salvation Army world-wide. Dr. Kirkpatrick also serves as the Territorial Music and Creative Arts Department liaison and consultant for the many School for Performing Arts (SPA) programs around the Southern Territory.

Dr. Kirkpatrick is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME); the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA); the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA); and the National Band Association (NBA). He is a former member of both the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

Dr. Kirkpatrick lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife (Carlene) and 4 children (Carlee, Cailee, JP, and Noel). He attends the Lawrenceville Corps where he is Songster Leader, K-1Sunday School Teacher, Moonbeams/Pioneers Leader, and Bandsman. Dr. Kirkpatrick is also a member of the Worship Design Committee and serves on the Corps Council.


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