Rob Leonard and wife Teresa started Blue Moon Big
Band in 1998. His favorite big band is the Glenn Miller Orchestra,
claiming actor Jimmy Stewart's "The Glenn Miller Story"
to be one of his all-time favorite movies. Rob sometimes sits
in with the trumpet section, but spends most of his time in front
of the band and handling the marketing, management, and public
relations responsibilities. Among Rob's most memorable musical
experiences is his and Teresa's wedding reception, when the band
played at the Valencia Ballroom in York, PA - the same stage
where Glenn Miller, the Dorseys, Harry James and other big band
greats played during the 1930s and '40s. In fact, it was the
same stage where Miller informed his band in 1937, on New Year's
Eve, that he was disbanding (he of course re-formed the Glenn
Miller Orchestra months later, once he found "that sound").
A close second best memory was Blue Moon's New York City debut
at the Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club in November 2002. But,
he'll admit that having Blue Moon Big Band cast as Kevin Bacon's band
in the movie My One and Only was pretty cool, too!
When asked what's great about being part of Blue Moon Big Band,
Rob will tell you that it's amazing to have so many great musicians
doing this just because they love the music so much. Rob has
a Ph.D. in Applied Management, with a specializtion in Leadership
and Organizational Change. He serves as Head of the Business Analytics & Decision Sciences department for doctoral studies at Capitol
* Band member since 1998