Leland Matsumura currently serves as a trombonist in the United States Navy Fleet Bands. Prior to this, he held the position of Principal Trombone with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in Michigan from 2016-2019. As an active freelancer, Mr. Matsumura has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Youngstown, Lima, Lakeside, West Michigan, Firelands, Southwest Michigan, and Holland (MI) Symphonies.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Matsumura has been a devoted educator. He has maintained a private low brass studio in Northeast Ohio and several of his students have found success in OMEA All-State auditions, solo and ensemble competitions as well as regional honor bands. More recently, his students have auditioned successfully into the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland, OH.
Leland Matsumura earned the Master of Music degree in trombone performance at Western Michigan University where he was the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger. He also earned the Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from James Madison University under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Lankford. Other important teachers include Richard Stout of the Cleveland Orchestra, Garth Simmons of the Toledo Symphony, and Dr. Mike Hall of Old Dominion University.
“Edwards trombones are simply incredible. This horn allows me to achieve my desired sound every single time. The sound, response, and playability are unmatched and I look forward to playing these instruments for many years to come.”