Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Leon E. Alexander,
Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander, a native of Washington, D.C., joined the Navy Band in 2004. He is currently the unit leader for the Cruisers. He attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Archbishop Carroll High School and studied percussion and jazz at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. He has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, The Dixie Cups, Marva Wright and the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alexander enlisted in the Navy in 1991. Upon completion of the Basic Music Course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va., he was assigned to the United States Navy Steel Drum Band in New Orleans, La., where he served as percussionist and steel drum instrumentalist. In 1999 he attended the Navy Instructor School in Norfolk, Va., and in 2000 was appointed percussion instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music. In September 2003, he was appointed Percussion Branch Head, responsible for all percussion instruction for the Navy, Marine Corps and Army. In September 2009, Alexander was appointed the unit leader of the Cruisers.
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the Good conduct Medal (five awards), the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), the Expert Marksmanship Medal (pistol) and the Expert Marksmanship Medal (rifle).