Leon Charles Bradley, 78, died March 6, 2017, at the Hospice House of Kansas City. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Elizabeth, brother Eugene, sons Kyle, Karl & Nathan, daughter Shannon and eight grandchildren.
Born and raised in Battle Creek, MI, he began his music career touring with Woody Herman at 17. He toured with Stan Kenton prior to receiving a Bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a Master’s Degree in 1967 from Michigan State University. He taught at Minot State University in North Dakota and College of the Ozarks near Branson. In 1995, he accepted a position at the Xian Conservatory of Music in China where he founded and led the first American symphonic band in the country.
Leon received the “Jess Cole” for award lifetime achievement in jazz education. He performed with the Springfield Symphony for 20 years, co-founded the Branson Brass Quintet; was president of the Branson Lions Club and a member of the Brandon Adoration Parade Committee. He served his church as Jr. Warden and Sub-Deacon.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. April 3, at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Branson, Mo. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
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