The Falcone Festival: 20 Years and Going Strong
By Philip Sinder
2005 marked the 20th consecutive year of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, a remarkable event that has grown and morphed from its humble but purposeful beginnings into an internationally recognized festival which includes solo competitions for euphonium and tuba in four divisions as well as masterclasses, lessons, workshops, and guest artist performances–all under the umbrella of a celebration to honor a master teacher, performer, and conductor.
Dr. Leonard Falcone (1899-1985) immigrated to the United States from his native Italy at the age of fifteen. He was appointed Director of Bands at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan in 1927 and built a career there as a conductor, administrator, teacher, and internationally recognized baritone horn soloist, serving on the faculty in various capacities for a period of 53 years! Combining remarkable artistic talent with natural pedagogical instinct, he was known as a dedicated worker and leader who demonstrated and commanded excellence at every moment.