Melinda Leoce is the Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, where she teaches Applied Lessons, the Graceland Percussion and Steel Pan Ensemble, the Marching Yellowjackets, Music Theory and Ear Training, World Music, and Music Technology. She frequently makes appearances as a clinician throughout the United States, specializing in drumline, percussion ensemble, steel pan, and world percussion.
Recent highlights of Melinda’s professional career include appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Bloomington Chamber Singers, the Brass Band of Central Florida, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She has performed three times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, both as a soloist and with the Indiana University and Florida State University Percussion Ensembles. She is an active member of the John Psathas Percussion Project (JP3), a chamber group based out of Greenville, South Carolina. JP3 recently completed recording sessions for their upcoming album, Volume I, due for release in 2018.
Melinda is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, where she served as an Associate Instructor (2014-2016) and enjoyed teaching Applied Percussion, the Steel Drumming Ensemble, and the Percussion Techniques course. While residing in Indiana, Melinda also taught and arranged for the Indiana State University Marching Sycamores Drumline (2013-2016).
Active as an arranger, her pieces have been published by Alfred Music and performed by Indiana University, the University of North Texas, Graceland University, and the University of Central Florida. Her current and former teachers include Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, John Tafoya, Dr. John Parks, Dr. Michael Bakan, Jeffrey Moore, Kirk Gay, and Dr. Thad Anderson.
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