Leonard (Lennie) Foy

Website: Under Construction

How Long with BBBC: Since 2003

Home City: Winston-Salem, NC (now living in Indianapolis, IN)

Principal Instrument: Trumpet/Cornet

Countries Performed In: See bio

Where you might have heard me perform: See bio

What is special to me about the BBBC:  The musicians and the entire organization and crew!!  The BBBC is not just comprised of the best brass musicians in the world, they all treat me as family!

What is special to me about Battle Creek:  Historic city, quite special for me as an African American.  Ideal place for us to gather and cultivate our art and souls.

Full Biography

Leonard (Lennie) Foy is Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University in the School of Music. A
native of the “City of Arts and Innovation”-Winston-Salem, NC, he was born to both a musically
dedicated community and musically gifted family. His mother, Elsie Griffin Foy, is a retired
soprano and distinguished music educator. His father, the late Bernard T. Foy, Sr., was a renowned pianist and former Supervisor of Music for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools. In 2017 his alma mater, R. J. Reynolds Senior High School-a nationally celebrated arts magnet for the past decade, honored the first of its most creative alumni by inducting Lennie as an inaugural member of the “Arts Hall of Fame.”

Lennie is one of the most versatile trumpeters of his generation. Praised as soloist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, and clinician in both jazz and classical performance arts his career includes performances with a variety of celebrity artists and ensembles at prominent venues in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Finland, Argentina, England, Egypt, and Russia. His appearances include extensive engagement with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Grammy Award winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra, inaugural member with both the Gateways Festival Orchestra for classical musicians of African descent and also the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra acclaimed “the best Jazz Repertory Band in the country” (The New Yorker), and performing cornet since 2003 with the Brass Band of Battle Creek , admired as the “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World). His performances with a wide range of conductors includes jazz notables David Baker, John Clayton, and Quincy Jones to maestros Kenneth Schermerhorn, Leonard Slatkin, and Giancarlo Guerrero. He currently resides in Indianapolis, IN where he maintains a regional presence as soloist, orchestra musician, jazz, big band and small group performer, chamber musician, and veteran studio recording artist for
prominent publishing and production companies.

A highly sought after soloist and collaborative musician Lennie has performed with jazz artists Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock; classical performance ensembles Tromba Mundi, Nashville Chamber Brass Society, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Gateways Brass
Collective, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra; touring jazz groups the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra; and a variety of feature orchestras including artists Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Maureen McGovern, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Temptations, Andy Williams, and Stevie Wonder. Lennie has acclaimed recordings with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, DePauw University Band, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Foy is a dedicated teacher committed to sustained excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative work as recognized by his recent appointment as the Cassel Grubb University Professor of Music at DePauw University. Additionally he serves as artist/faculty at Shell Lake
Arts Camp, Birch Creek Academy, the Interlochen Arts Camp and has taught outreach education events sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Columbus Jazz Arts Group, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A proud and devoted teacher since 1985, his students have won top prizes in competitions and hold top professional performing and teaching positions. Lennie has been featured artist/clinician for leading conferences, university events, and festivals including the Ravinia Festival, International Trumpet Guild Conference, University of Wisconsin Jazz Festival, Purdue University Jazz
Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Tennessee Music Educators Conference, Wisconsin School Music Association Conference, Illinois Music Educators State Honors Festival, and North Carolina Music Educators Association.

Professor Foy holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Rochester (NY)-Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate and has completed extensive work as a Doctoral Candidate at the Indiana University-School of Music in
Bloomington, IN. Lennie is a Conn-Selmer artist.