DIRECTOR OF BANDS
DIRECTOR OF MARCHING BAND
Michael Leckrone is the Director of the Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin. A native of Indiana, Mr. Leckrone received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis and has continued his studies at the doctoral level at Indiana University. Before coming to Wisconsin he taught at his alma mater, where he developed one of the finest marching bands in the Midwest. He is in constant demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands throughout the United States and Canada, and his experience also includes considerable professional work as an arranger, composer and performer.
Leckrone holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, as well as such honorary fraternities as Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Mu. He is a 30-year member of ASCAP and has been elected to the American Bandmasters Association. In 1970 he was cited as an “Outstanding Educator of America” by the Outstanding Americans Foundation, in 1973 was awarded the “Outstanding Bandmaster Award” by the Wisconsin Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and in 1986 was presented with a “Citation of Excellence” by the National Band Association. He is a recipient of the “Pat O’Dea Award,” the “Blue Line Club Distinguished Service Award,” the “Badger Basketball Boosters Distinguished Service Award,” the UW Alumni Club “Distinguished Faculty Award,” the Wisconsin Newspaper Writers “Special Edition Award,” and the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame “Good Guy” award. Mr. Leckrone was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Wisconsin Football Hall of Fame, and has been commissioned a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Governor of Kentucky. He has been honored as “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association; has been cited a “Badger Legend” by the Governor of Wisconsin and was named one of 10 “Madison Musical Legends” by Madison Magazine. He was designated one of the Wisconsin State Journal’s “Sesquicentennial People of Note,” and was recently selected to be an honorary member of the National “W” Club. The University of Wisconsin has also honored him with an appointment to a prestigious “John Bascom Professorship.” In 2007 he was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, (only the second time this preeminent award had been conferred), in 2010 the Wisconsin State Historical society presented him with the “Spencer Tracy Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts”, and in 2013 the Madison Area Music Association named him the recipient of the “Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Wisconsin State Journal recently cited him as one of “100 objects that define Madison,” and in 2015 he was cited by the Wisconsin State Assembly as a “Hometown Hero.”
Mr. Leckrone has composed or arranged music for numerous high school and university bands, and over 200 of his arrangements and compositions for marching band and concert band have been published. He is also the author of two texts for use by marching band directors, a handbook for band arranging and a text dealing with popular music in the United States. Mr. Leckrone is now in his 48th year as director of the Wisconsin Band.