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 Ensembles, Percussion Methods and Pedagogy, the Marching Yellowjackets, Music Theory and Ear Training, World Music, and Music Technology. Her research interests include marching percussion, steel pan performance and pedagogy, percussion ensemble, and non-western percussion.

Recent highlights of Melinda’s professional career include appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, the Bloomington Chamber Singers, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She has performed at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, 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 percussion group based out of Greenville, South Carolina. JP3 recently completed recording sessions for their upcoming album, Volume I, due for release on PARMA Records in January 2019.

Melinda has an extensive background in percussion education. Prior to her position at Graceland University, she served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida State University. She has presented clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, and recently accepted the position of Snare Technician at Crossroads Indoor Percussion based in Des Moines, Iowa. Active as an arranger for steel drum ensemble, groups including Indiana University, the University of North Texas, Graceland University, and the University of Central Florida have performed her arrangements.

Melinda is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University and a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from the University of Central Florida. Her 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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