Director of Bands
The Tuskegee University Band is under the direction of Mr. John Q. Lennard, a native of Tuskegee, AL.
Lennard is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Lennard is a charter member of the FAMU Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity of America. He is also a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at Tuskegee University.
After college, Lennard served as a high school band director in Homestead, Miami, and Orlando, Florida and Tuskegee, Alabama. He also taught elementary music at the Rio Grande Charter School in Orlando, Florida.
He has performed music across the world in places such as Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Lennard has also had the distinctive opportunity to perform with or open for great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, The Ohio Players, Victor Goines, Nat Adderly, Jimmy Heath and the Heath Brothers, The Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster, Brian McKnight, Donnell Jones, Ruben Studdard, The Phat Cat Players, Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kurt Carr, P.J. Morton, Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Richard Smallwood, and Byron Cage.
Lennard is a member of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Tuskegee University. He follows in the footsteps of long-time Director of Bands, Mr. Warren L. Duncan., who now serves as Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.