I believe it was 1953 when Mr Breedon ans I met . I played the baratone sax for the Grand Praire High School . Mr Breedon had just started leading our school band.
I went to his home several times and helped him paint the rooms. It was a pleasure just to be around him .
One day I brought an old metal clarinet to practice and ask him to check it out, because I couldn't get much out of it. Mr Breedon proceeded to play the most beautiful songs on that old clarinet . After he finished, I said to him, without blinking an eye....I guess it's me and not the clarinet? His look told me all I needed to know.
Pastor Eddie R. Sowders
My dad loved Leon Breeden. He took me to see the One O'Clock Lab Band at Scott Theater and the band was awesome, some really good musicians. His name was Jack Harrell and he played the bass fiddle and bass horn(in the TCU marching band. He will be missed as a a great inspiration to young musicians.
Melinda Harrell Shelley
In 1970 I was a ninth grader playing the alto sax, and one afternoon our band director was playing the NTSU 1:00 Lab'69 album. I had never heard anything like it. I convinced him to let me take it home (on the school bus !), made a cassette copy of it until my own copy arrived in the mail. I must have played it 500 times over the years. I have many other LPs and CDs by NTSU and other jazz artists, and that is still my all time favorite jazz album. It made me appreciate good music and great musicianship. What an outstanding legacy of work Mr. Breeden has left us. We are all grateful for what he did with his life. Most sincerely, Larry Satterfield
When I was a member of Texas Boys Choir in late 60s, we went to see One O'Clock Lab band at the Scott Theater. I fell in love with jazz after that concert.Mr. Breeden turned a teenage boy into a life long fan of jazz.
I was fortunate enough to have been taught to play the clarinet by the one and only Leon Breeden. At that time I couldn't have known how he would shape my life and instill a love of music that has lasted all these many years. This was during his last year at Grand Prairie High School. Words are inadequate to express my admiration of tihs fine man.
My condolences to family and friends.
Vicki Dodson Rankin
I offer the Breeden family my condolences on the loss of your father and pray that the "God of all comfort" will be with you in your time of sadness.
Dr. Leon was my High School Band Director at Grand Prairie High School. He taught us pride in what we did and how we preformed. He was our friend and we put on some of the best halftime shows that he made up. Today kids practice and practice but we were taught to do it right without all of that extra practice. For information to those not living in Grand Prairie our High School Band Hall is called the "Leon Breeden Band Hall". It was a cold Sunday afternoon in November when it was dedicated to him. He brought his band from NTSU and his family and of course his clarinet. He played as tears filled our eyes. So many memories I have of him. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Tommy W. Foreman Band Member from Sept 1956 through May 1959.
This man was a superb musician and teacher. It was an honor to be at a university with such a fine jazz program. May he rest in peace.
Such wonderful Sat. 'nite' entertainment.
Mary Winstead Howell, '52
What a privilege to have been led by Mr. Breeden in the high school band. He wrote the Alma Mater for the Grand Prairie High School, in addition to several pieces that were played by the Stage Band. Many of his high school students continued into professional musicians. Always encouraging and kind, he was a jewel and will always be remembered most fondly.
Mr. Breeden was a wonderful educator, master musician, and great individual. I took his Improv class in 1972 and thoroughly enjoyed it. He will be sorely missed here, but heaven will have jazzier clarinet music.
Leon shaped my life. Toby Guynn
I will always remember Leon's beautiful clarinet playing. I often heard him play when I was a child. He was a life-long friend of my dad, Perry Sandifer. Not too many years ago, he made a clarinet recording of hymns and songs for my mom. He was a rare gentleman, skilled musician, and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
With sincere condolence to family and friends,