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September 2013

I joined the music faculty at Wake Technical Community College. Wake Tech is the largest community college in North Carolina and now offers an AFA degree in music. My duties include teaching applied saxophone to AFA majors and contributing to lectures in the AFA program. I will present my first faculty recital at Wake Tech on March 6, 2014 with pianist and music program director, Kathrine Boyes.

May 2013

May is National Chamber Music Month! A nationwide initiative to draw attention to small ensemble performance. In celebration, Wayne Leechford and Friends will present a chamber music concert at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, May 26, at 3pm. The concert will feature St. Michaels' new Nichols & Simpson Pipe Organ, a wonderful instrument to see and hear. The program includes several new commissioned works for saxophone and harp, and saxophone and organ. Music by Vivaldi, Creston, Albert, Osmon, Tounier, Raum, and more. Visit the Facebook event page for more details,

January 2013

All-District results are in! Ten of my woodwind students (alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and bass clarinet) made the all-district band. Five of them were 1st chairs. Congratulations!

I performed at the 36th International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA on Jan. 5. I premiered two new works for baritone saxophone that I commissioned. Sian Ka'an for baritone saxophone and harp by Leroy Osmon and Fronds for unaccompanied baritone sax by Adrienne Albert.

July 2012

I just returned from Scotland where I performed a recital at the World Saxophone Congress XVI. I performed two pieces for baritone saxophone and piano by Adrienne Albert.

Click here to listen to my interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC 91.5 "The State of Things".

Click here to read a feature article about me in the News and Observer North Raleigh News.

February 2012

New "Works of Art" CD available now! Click here to order.

My application was accepted by the World Saxophone Congress XVI! I will perform the music of Adrienne Albert. The event takes place in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 10-15, 2012.

January 2012

All-District results are in! My students were awarded 1st chair alto sax (11-12), 1st chair baritone sax (11-12), 1st chair tenor sax (9-12), 2nd chair tenor sax (9-12) 1st chair bass clarinet (9-10), 1st chair bassoon (MS Concert), 3rd chair alto sax (MS Concert), and 12th chair clarinet (MS Concert). Congratulations!

December 2011

I received a Regional Artist Project Grant for 2012 from United Arts. I intend to use the funds to travel to the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 10-15, 2012.

And, my Kickstarter project was a success! I raised enough money to complete my upcoming CD, "Works of Art". Projected release date, Jan. 31, 2012. My CD release party is Feb. 5, 2012 at Carswell Hall at Meredith College.

October 2011

I launched a Kickstarter project for my upcoming CD release. Please visit the project page for more information. Donations must be pledged by Dec. 11, 2011.

September 2011

I will present a CD release/recital in cooperation with the Raleigh Symphony on Sunday, February 5, 2012, 3pm. Carswell Hall at Meredith College. For tickets call (919) 546-9755.

And, I will be playing with a few regional and local groups this fall. D-Town Brass, Tar River Swing Band, Tar River Orchestra, Tar River Symphonic Band, Carolina Clarinet Quartet, and North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble.

April 2011

The Raleigh Symphony has agreed to sponsor a recital for me in the 2011-2012 season. The recital will take place in Carswell Hall at Meredith College. The program will include many guest artists.

March 2011

Two of my high school students were chosen to participate in All-State Band 2011. 2nd chair tenor saxophone and 1st chair contrabass clarinet.

Also, an 8th grade middle school student of mine won 1st chair tenor sax at the All-State Jazz Band Audition. Way to go!

February 2011

  • My Debut Faculty Recital on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7pm. For more information, please click here.
  • I was interviewed on WCPE 89.7, "The Classical Station" about his faculty recital. The interview aired on Feb. 6. You can listen here.
  • I am pleased to announce the opening of a new music teaching studio space in downtown Cary, NC. "Leechford Music Teaching Studios" will open later this month and will provide space for rent to experienced music teachers in the Raleigh/Durham area. The new studios are located in the Olde Cary Commons Building, 201 West Chatham Street, Suite, 106, Cary, NC. Currently, there is teaching space available. Please contact Wayne Leechford for more information. The website is http://www.leechfordmusic.com.
  • I was invited to judge the North Carolina Governor's School music audition on Feb. 26.