The Leon Bradley Memorial Grant
Leaders create more leaders, no one knows this better than educators. It is their calling, just as it was for “Mr. B” as his students affectionately called him. Music educators passionately encourage young musicians. They create and foster the necessary developmental momentum. Coaching an improvisational art-form such as jazz is not easy…it is essential. It teaches life skills such as selfless collaboration, individual expression, taking risks & redefining yourself every day through the power of jazz. The purveyors of America’s original musical gift to the world deserve recognition for helping reflect us at our best, just like Mr. B did. Above all, they teach us to swing!
The Leon Bradley Memorial Grant seeks to further his life's work through encouraging "emergent" directors in the field of jazz, increasing their professional affiliations, helping promote excellence & garnering community support!
Directors who have between 2 but no more than 10 years teaching with an active jazz program.
- Nominations can be submitted by school principals, professional colleagues, or the director themselves.
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from a college professor, colleague, principal or similar person.
- Applicants must submit a video clip of their jazz ensemble in performance.
Fill out the application form HERE and submit to:
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 30
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- If possible, be in attendance for the presentation at the annual MMEA convention.
- Submit a letter to our board for inclusion at the convention the following year stating how the grant was utilized & the impact it had on your program.
- Be an ambassador for MOAJE & the grant through the activities of your program such as concerts, social media, website, newsletters, etc.
Leon Bradley Memorial Grant Recipients
2018 - Harvey Lockhart
2019 - Gina Buxton
2020 - Dustin Shrum
2021 - Andrew Fischer
2022 - Caroline Collins
Donate to the Leon Bradley Memorial Grant Here:
Donations by check are also accepted and may be mailed to:
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Attn: Leon Bradley Memorial Grant
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801
Mary Elizabeth Bradley, retired professor, pianist & wife of Leon Bradley
Nathan Bradley, Missouri State Highway Patrol, son of Leon Bradley
Karl Bradley, US Air Force musician, son of Leon Bradley
Shannon Bradley, attorney, daughter of Leon Bradley
Cathy Coonis, educator, performer & former student
Jeff Gouge, retired US Air Force officer, performer & former student
Susan Gouge, pianist, teacher & former student
Bob Smither, retired US Army musician, performer & former student