College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Lee David Legette, Ph.D.

Full Professor/ Woodwinds/ Jazz Band/ Music Education

Lee David Legette is professor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Winston-Salem State University where he teaches saxophone, music education methods courses and conducts a university jazz ensemble. Additionally he coaches several small ensembles that he founded including the Ramsax Quartet and the Raminiscence Jazz Combo. He also chairs the WSSU Lyceum Cultural Events Series. Dr. Legette holds the B.S., M.A., Ph.D. degree in instrumental music education (woodwinds) from Fayetteville State University, the University of Iowa and the Florida State University respectively. Further study has been done at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at WSSU in 1990, he taught and directed bands at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has over twenty-six (26) years of teaching experience and five years experience in administrative affairs. He is the recipient of both the 2008-2009 WSSU Wachovia Excellence in Teaching Award and the Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Legette is active locally and regionally as a performer and clinician. Currently, he is principal alto saxophonist with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and has been one of its featured soloists. Additionally he has performed with many well known recording and stage personalities such as Joe Henderson, Red Skelton, Jackee Harry, Javon Jackson, Cab Calloway, Rufus Thomas, Red Rodney, the Temptations, Freddie Hubbard, Ira Sullivan, John Faddis, Louie Bellison, Robert Trowers, Pharoah Sanders, Clarence Carter, Freda Payne, Stanley Turrentine, Ernie Watts, McCoy Tyner, Arturo Sandoval, Nicholas Payton, Paul Anka, Antonio Hart, Dianne Schuur, Ronnie Milsap, Three Dog Night, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau and the artists know as Common. He was a finalist in the ASCAP Competition for Young Composers and has had arrangements performed and recorded by the Eastman Studio Jazz Orchestra. He is a member of the North Carolina Music Educator Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Intercollegiate Music Association, Inc, and the American Educational Research Association.

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