University of Colorado Boulder College of Music

B.M. FIU, M.M. University of Miami  

As a dynamic, diverse musician, Dr. Leon enjoys a dual career as a performer and an educator. Jose Leonardo Leon is a Professional Florida Department of Education Certified K-12 Music Educator and Band Director. Until the month of May 2018, Jose
 Leon was the Doctoral Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder serving as a private lessons and brass quintet assistant to the brass department obtaining his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy. Jose served as the Trombone Instructor and Sectionals/Brass Quintet coach for the CU Summer Music Academy - High School Band 2017 and 2018, the Brass Faculty for the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Brass with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) from 2006-2014. During his tenure with GMYS, he was also the responsible for building the entire GMYS Brass program for the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginning Summer Camps to the regular school year chamber and brass symphony programs. Jose Leon held the position of the Low Brass Faculty for the Performing Arts Program at the prestigious SAINT ANDREWS SCHOOL in Boca Raton, FL As an employee of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Jose Leonardo Leon has been the Director of Bands of the Upper Academy Division at Winston Park K-8 Center and David Lawerence Jr. K-8 Center bands, and the Music Teacher and Choir Director at Mae M. Walters Elementary School. Mr. Leon has been also the symphonic wind ensembles, Marching, and jazz bands coach for other schools such as the South West Senior High School, South Dade SHS, Palmetto Middle School, and Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, FL, among others. In the year 2010, through formal invitation from the Federal Department of Cultural Arts of Mexico and the prestigious chamber ensemble, Germany based, "The Bolivar Soloists", Jose L. Leon participated in his first international event as a Trombone/Brass Faculty and Performer for the Carlos Chavez Youth Symphony Orchestra National System of Mexico "Academic Week", in which he imparted private lessons, Master Classes, orchestra brass sectionals, coached Low Brass Ensemble and large brass choir, concert and recital, among other educational activities. In the years 2012 and 2013, Jose was a Guest Faculty/Artist joining Soloist Trombonist Jacques Mauger for the 2nd and 3rd Annual Trombone Weeks at the State Conservatory of Music in the city of Oaxaca and the University of Aguascalientes College of Music in the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Other national and international activities as a faculty and performer include a Masterclass Conference on Brass Pedagogy entitled "A Scholar. A Performer, An Educator" presented at the Lynn University Conservatory of MusicBrass Pedagogy Class, The Alabama Bandmasters Association District V Low Brass Workshop sponsored by Facet Mutes, The URUBRASS International Festival at the National Auditorium of Sodre in the city of Montevideo-Uruguay, among others.  At the same time, Jose Leon enjoys having a private studio of trombone, trumpet, tuba, and euphonium students from the Elementary, Middle, High school and Freshman College ages in which young musicians obtain, in close detail, the knowledge needed in order to achieve the highest musical level on their instruments. With the guidance of Mr. Leon, his students have mastered many achievements such as District and State Evaluations Superior Grades, All County and All State Bands, New World Symphony side-by-side concerts, University of Miami Honors Band, Major College Scholarships and Performing Arts High Schools acceptances, The National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and college scholarships to attend institutions such as Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Juilliard School, Depaw University in Indiana, Lynn Conservatory of Music, among others.Prior to coming to the U.S, Jose L. Leon was a trombone teacher and Brass coach at the “Centro Academico” Montalban within the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra System “El Sistema” in his native Venezuela.


I believe that all students are capable of learning at different levels if they are given the proper guidance. I believe a true educator must be a highly motivated professional, performer, and a pedagogue capable of combining his knowledge for teaching and continuous learning, professional development, and investigation to serve as a facilitator to his students and future professionals. I belief in team working with proven leadership skills able to generate new ideas, analyzing, and resolving any challenge situation. Those that become educators must be dependable and hardworking, patient, noble, and receptive able to defuse difficult situations while keeping the highest energy.


  • 16th Annual Latin Grammy® Winner CD recording Ed Calle presents "Mamblue"
  • University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music Graduate Assistantship
  • University of Miami Award of Academic Merit. Cum Laude
  • Frost School of Music Scholarship 
  • Florida International University Festival Donors Scholarship
  • Florida International University Concerto Competition Semi-Finalist 2003
  • AIMS Graz Alternate Bass Trombone 2011
  • Mount Dora Young Artist Competition Finalist 


  • Summer Music Academy 2017-University of Colorado-College of Music. Trombone Instructor, Sectionals, Brass Ensemble Conductor.
  • University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music Graduate Teaching Assistant (Fall 2015 - to present)
  • 3rd Ed. URUBRASS International Festival FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE BRONCES URUBRASS 2016Gust Artist - Faculty - PresenterAuditorio Nacional - National Auditorium del SodreMontevideo - Uruguay  (July 2016)
  • Alabama Bandmasters Association District V Low Brass WorkshopGust Artist - Faculty Tuscaloosa County High School, Alabama (April 2016)
  • Miami Dade County Public Schools Director of Bands / Music Teacher (2005-2009 and January 2014-2015)
  • Greater Miami Youth Symphony  Advanced Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Brass Director, Symphony Brass Coach, Chamber Brass Coach (2006-2014)


1. Photo: 
From Left to Right
DEREK MITCHEL- Bass trombone, Lynn University (Full Scholarship)Brevard Music Center (Full Scholarship) 

ROB SCHOOLAR ROSE - Tenor trombone, Music Ed. Florida State University (Full Scholarship)
GUY MANNING - Tuba, University of Miami (Full Scholarship)
WADE JUDY -  Tenor Trombone University of Miami (Full Scholarship)

2. Photo: ​
MARCO GOMEZ - Bass Trombone
Juilliard School of Music Undergraduate Student, Staring Fall 2016
San Francisco Youth Symphony Summer Program 2014. 
Interlochen Center for the Arts 2015. 
Miami Music Project Orchestra 2014. 
James Judd Conductor.
National Youth Orchestra 2015

3. Photo:
DePauw University, Indiana (Full Scholarship)
BRYAN DIAZ - Bass Trombone 
University of Miami (Full Scholarship)

Photos 4-7:​
​FRANCISCO SANTILLAN - bass trombone, Bellas Artes Theater Ochestra
(Mexico City)
​ISRAEL GUTIERREZ - tenor trombone, 
euphonium, bass trombone, 
​Oberlin Conservatory (Full Scholarship)
​VLADIMIR PERALTA - Bass trombone
Carlos Chavez Symphony (Mexico)
MICHAEL NUNEZ - Bass trombone,
University of North Florida (Full Scholarship)

  • 3rd Annual Trombone Week in Aguascalientes, Mexico Committee Member 1st Latinamerican Trombone Competition,Clinician,MasterClasses,Conferences (April 2013)
  • LYNN University Conservatory of Music Guest Artist Masterclass on Brass Pedagogy (November 2012 and 2014)
  • Saint Andrews School Performing Arts 

           High School, Middle School, and Beginners

           Brass Specialist Faculty (2011-2013) 

  • 2nd Annual Trombone Week 2012 in Oaxaca, Mexico Clinician, MasterClasses,Conferences (April 2012)
  • University of Miami Frost School of Music  Teaching Assistant (2009-2011)
  • Sinfonica Juvenil "Carlos Chavez" Mexico City, Mexico Academic Week Trombone Faculty, Presenter, Conferencist. (October 2010)
  • Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela Brass/Trombone Coach (1996-1997)