David Leech, saxophonist, composer, arranger, has been an active professional musician on and off since the 1960s. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, now residing and working in the Los Angeles area.
A full-time professional musician and teacher from 1966 to 1984, concentrating in the field of jazz and popular music. Led several jazz bands including The Huddled Masses big-band. In 1984 my professional emphasis shifted to computer programming. Since then my musical activities have consisting mainly of performing and writing for church groups and leading small jazz ensembles in Southern California.
Ohio State University B.S. in Music Education
University of West Florida Graduate Studies, composition
Cal State Univ. Northridge Graduate Studies, composition
U.S. Navy School of Music Little Creek, VA
Dick Grove School of Music Los Angeles, CA
Famous Arrangers Clinic U.N.L.V.
U.S. Navy Band, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
Rounders Band (Abe's 506 Club, Pensacola, FL)
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (under Lee Castle), Ray Terrace
Various show bands backing such name artists as:
Clarence Carter, Joe Tex, James & Bobby Purify, The King Sisters, Bert Convy, Paula Kelly & the Modernaires, The Spinners, The Coasters, Roy Milton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, "Big" Joe Turner, Ray Terrace, Lowell Folsum, "T-bone" Walker, Rudy Calzado, Irma Franklin, Dennis Day, Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Sheree Brown, James & Bobby Purify, Charles Wright (Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band), Pat Boone, Carrol Connors.
Compositions commissioned and performed by:
Los Angeles City College, Baylor University, Cal State Northridge, University of New Hampshire, Eddie Vinson, Count Basie, Clark Terry*, Buddy Childers*, Pat Boone, Carol Connors, Ray Terrace, Music Minus One Records*, National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE)