Famous Jazz Educator Receives Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

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LEON BREEDEN RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE OF LETTERS

World famous jazz educator, Leon Breeden, who brought his University of North Texas Lab Bands to international fame, playing for presidents, heads of state and in many foreign countries, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the university's 2009 summer commencement exercises.

Surrounded by fellow jazz educator, Jim Riggs big jazz band, comprised of many former UNT graduates, a brief concert was performed and dedicated to Dr. Breeden.

The University's president, Dr. Gretchen Batzille said in her announcement:

"I was proud to award Leon Breeden, the director of the jazz studies program
and the One O'Clock Lab Band from 1959 to 1981, a Doctor of Humane Letters,
honoris causa, on behalf of the university at the 2009 summer doctoral
hooding ceremony.

"Mr. Breeden, a Professor Emeritus of music, was the jazz
program's second director and under his guidance, the program - the first
of its kind in the country - rose to international prominence. Before he
stepped down, the lab bands had received almost 50 national awards for
group and individual performances. A respected clarinetist, saxophonist,
arranger and composer, he has earned numerous accolades, including being
inducted into the National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame in
1985."

Under" the leadership of Dean James Scott, the University of North Texas School of Music has a prominent world-wide reputation among musicians and music educators. 

For more information about the UNT College of Music:

James C. Scott, DMA

Dean, College of Music

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle, Box 311367

Denton, Texas 76203

Email: James.Scott@unt.edu

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