Melinda Leoce is the Visiting Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. She has taught and performed extensively throughout the United States since 2003, specializing in drumline, percussion ensemble, steel pan, and world percussion.
Melinda is working towards her Doctorate 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), and maintained a successful private studio in the greater Bloomington area.
Melinda has performed throughout the United States and Europe with nationally-renowned groups such as the Tallahassee Symphony, the Bloomington Chamber Singers, the Brass Band of Central Florida, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She is fortunate to have 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.
Melinda has been an active member of the Percussive Arts Society since 2005 and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society in 2012. Her steel band arrangement of Pete Townshend’s Let My Love Open the Door was recently published by Alfred Music. 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.
In her free time, Melinda enjoys performing with her cover band, Top Shelf, going on hikes with her dog, skiing, and hosting game nights for her friends and family.
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