University of Georgia, Indiana University, St. Olaf College
David Zerkel, Dan Perantoni, David Werden, Hiram Diaz
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Christopher Leslie is a euphonium player in the West Point Band. He has been a featured soloist with numerous professional and collegiate groups, including the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the St. Olaf Orchestra, and the St. Olaf Band. He has garnered success in numerous national competitions, taking first place in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, the ITEC solo and mock band competitions, and the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition.
Leslie earned a Bachelor in Music Education with Distinction from St. Olaf College, a Master in Music and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. His mentors include David Zerkel, Philip Smith, Daniel Perantoni, David Werden, and Hiram Diaz.
Outside of music, Leslie enjoys watching baseball, college basketball, and college football and is still waiting for a Cincinnati sports team to win a postseason series in his lifetime.