Leonard Falcone

(April 5, 1899-May 2, 1985)

Induction: February 4, 1984

Director of Bands at Michigan State University for 40 years.  World renowned artist on euphonium who made many recordings of euphonium solos.  Nationally known as a guest conductor and clinician.  Transcribed many excerpts from Italian operas.  Michigan State established national euphonium and tuba awards in his honor.  Known as a great teacher of bandmasters.  Member of the American Bandmasters Association.

Quick Facts:

Birthplace: Roseto Valforte, Italy

Served as the Director of Bands at Michigan State University as well as Professor of Baritone and Euphonium.

Director of the Spartan Marching Band of Michigan State University which transitioned from an ROTC auxillary band to a nationally known Big-10 conference marching band. 

Well-known performer, lecturer, arranger, and conductor

Studied multiple instruments such as the Alto Horn and Violin and conducting in his teens under Maistro Donatto Donatelli of Naples, Italy

Immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 in 1912 and enrolled into the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan which later became the University of Michigan School of Music

Married Betty Beryl Cromer and had 2 daughters, Mary Beryl and Cecillia and raised their granddaughter Lisa

Michigan State University still plays his arrangement of the MSU Fight Song and it is nicknamed “Falcone’s Fight”

Is most known for transforming a military auxillary band of 65 into today’s MSU College of Music with hundreds of students and tens of thousands of alumni

Toured as a solo artist for decades

Regarded by some as the 20th century master of his instrument