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Dr. Leon Jordan Info
We obtained this short bio from the Continentals Dance Band site where Leon is still the lead trumpet --> Continentals
Leon Jordan, lead trumpet and founder of the Continentals Dance Band, began studying and playing the trumpet in the ninth grade. During his first two years at NC State University he continued trumpet studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
At the end of his second year at State, Leon went to New York City to study under Dr. Charles Colin who for many years was one of the best known trumpet teachers in the United States. At the beginning of the Korean War, Leon joined the U.S. Navy as a trumpet player and completed studies at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C.
After nearly four years in the Navy he returned to college studies, first earning a B.S., then a M.S. and finally a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering. From September, 1974 to May, 1983 he developed a unique engineering program for students wanting a career in the field of music instrument manufacture. Since 1983 Leon has devoted his time to giving trumpet lessons to hundreds of young students and working with the band.
While doing a little more research on Dr. Jordan, we found a YouTube video of Leon Jordan's Continentals playing - Leon is in the back row, middle trumpet player--> Continentals YouTube
Dr. Jordan mentioned his Music Engineering program he had instituted and said it was the first of its kind anywhere. The objective was to help students learn to design and make instruments. In that work, he became acquainted with such instrument makers as Dr. Schilke, Selmer, LeBlanc, and others.
Leon's work with Dr. Colin included assisting with the book, "Reflections" which you can order among other books by Dr. Colin at Alan Colin's website here --> Charles Colin Music
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