By day (and by many nights) Dr. Tom Leonard is the Superintendent of Eanes ISD. Dr L has been in this position for the last six years, prior to that he was an educator in the Chicago area and on the island of Maui.
For Dr L music has always been a hobby. His grandfather played trombone with the Chicago Symphony and with various show bands. Dad (by night) was a jazz tenor sax player (Stan Getz style) in the clubs in Chicago. Mom was a first-grade teacher, but also joined dad on several gigs, singing and playing piano (Julie London style).
Dr. Leonard has recently recommitted most of his free time to playing piano and saxophone, studying with Floyd Domino and Russell Haight, respectfully. This last summer, he went to camp for the first time in his life …. Jazz Band Camp.
Working in Eanes ISD and Westlake HS affords Dr L the chance to meet and work with some amazing young adults. After hearing a few of the Westlake HS Chaps shine in their HS Jazz Band, Dr L decided to form a sextet to make talents of these young adults known to the entire Austin community.
Thus, was born the group: Dr L and the All-Star Chaps.