Tanner Leonardo currently teaches at Texas A&M University Commerce as Adjunct Professor of Percussion. He is currently finalizing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kentucky and holds a Master of Performance from Morehead State University as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Louisville. As a composer, educator, performer, and audio-engineer, Tanner finds himself demonstrating his talents across multiple facets of music.
Tanner has developed a strong reputation in the marching arts as a sound designer, electronics engineer, and percussion educator, and is sought after by groups in WGI, DCI, and BOA, as well as prominent ensembles from across Kentucky and Indiana. High schools he has worked with have been highly successful as KMEA State-Finalists and Champions, and have received awards including championships at BOA Regional and National contests. These ensembles include Lafayette HS, Bourbon County HS, Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS, and Harrison County HS. Non-scholastic ensemble work includes Music City Drum & Bugle Corps, INOV8 Winter Percussion, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps.
Performing ensembles of which he has been a member include the Louisville Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Commonwealth Brass Band, Louisville Philharmonia, Orchestra Enigmatic, Music City Drum & Bugle Corps, Louisville Winds, Walden Theater Opera Co., and a wide variety of collegiate ensembles. He has performed at both the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California and the Sandy Feldstein Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. He regularly performs with A/tonal Chamber Ensemble, and also maintains a freelance performing schedule in the Louisville area. In 2018 he had the opportunity to conduct a self-composed piece for the KMEA District 5 ‘All-District’ Percussion Ensemble.