Born into the small farming community of Standard, Alberta, Leonard spent his time differently than most farm kids. At the age of 8, Leonard started playing the piano, taking lessons for 3 years before completing his Grade 2 theory and Grade 1 piano. Piano lessons were only the beginning of his endeavours as his love for music continued to grow.
At the age of 16, Leonard followed in his older brothers’ foot steps and started playing the drums. After completing high school, Leonard decided to follow his love for drums and venture to Red Deer College where he was accepted into the music program to study percussion. Red Deer College was a stepping stone to help Leonard develop the tools and skills necessary to apply for the highly reputed Grant MacEwan Music Program. After completing his diploma in Music Performance at MacEwan, Leonard moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to study with drummer Terry O’Mahoney at St. Francis Xavier University. After taking a year off to explore his music career as a drummer, Leonard decided to go back to MacEwan to finish his degree and graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music in 2015.
While finishing his degree, Leonard performed as a leader/composer and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles including jazz ensembles, rock and pop bands, pit bands, and percussion ensembles. During this time, one of Leonard’s focuses was writing for his trio who had the privilege of performing in the Edmonton International Jazz festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Leonard spent the year living in Toronto during which time he studied with drummer Nick Fraser and self published his first drum book, The Jazz Drum Book, which received reviews in Drums Etc. and Modern Drummer Magazine. After a year in Toronto, Leonard has moved back to Edmonton where he plans to continue playing, teaching and writing.