Leonard Neidhold is a trombonist and music educator from Reno, Nevada. He is in his tenth year as director of bands at B. D. Billinghurst Middle School and in his 18th year teaching all levels of instrumental music for Washoe County School District . Serving as an adjunct member of the University of Nevada Reno music faculty, he has conducted large jazz ensembles since 1991, most recently University of Nevada - Reno’s acclaimed Jazz Lab I. Before moving to Reno, Mr. Neidhold worked in South Florida playing shows, musical theater, in orchestras, and Latin bands. He now performs regularly in the Reno-Tahoe area casino showrooms and performance venues with artists that have included Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, and Nancy Wilson. He is Principal Trombone of the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber, Nevada Opera, and Nevada Festival Ballet orchestras and recently became trombonist with the Great Basin Brass. He has toured with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and Alaska Brass in China, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Spain. His recording credits include featured solo work with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Brian Landrus Project and vocalist Cami Thompson, section work with numerous big bands, and a variety of session work in Dallas, TX and Miami, FL. He is a frequent clinician in Nevada, California and Washington. Mr. Neidhold has a Bachelor of Music from North Texas State University (University of North Texas) and a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, Coral Gables.