Lee David Legette

Professor of Music

Lee David Legette

204 Fine Arts Building
(336) 750-2530 (p)
(336) 750-2522 (f)

Curriculum Vitae


Lee David Legette is professor of music in the Department of Music at Winston-Salem State University where he teaches saxophone, music education methods courses and conducts a university jazz ensemble. Additionally he coaches or has coached 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, he taught and directed bands at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has over twenty-nine (29) years of teaching experience and five years (5) experience in administrative affairs. He is the recipient of both the 2008-2009 Wachovia Excellence in Teaching Award and the Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award. He received the 2012-2013 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching 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 – a position he has held for twenty-one (21) years. Additionally he has performed with many well known recording and stage personalities such as Joe Henderson, Red Skelton, Jackeé 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, Common, Henry Butler and Kenny G. 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 National Association for Music Educators, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Intercollegiate Music Association, Inc., and the American Educational Research 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., The Florida State University
  • M.A., The University of Iowa
  • B.S., Fayetteville State University

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Varying impacts of contemporary music on society

Selected Publications:

2014 Causal Attributions of Pre-service Teachers for Success or Failure in Music Teaching Symposium
        on Music Teacher Education, Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference,
        Savannah, Georgia.
2013 Causal Attributions of Pre-service Teachers for Success or Failure in Music Teaching Symposium
        on Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, NC.
1989 Marching Band Techniques Courses: Their Usefulness to First – and Second Year High School
        Band Directors; Dissertation Abstracts.
1986 Transcription of Dexter Gordon’s tenor saxophone solo on “The Days of Wine and Roses,” Jazz
        Educators Journal, February/March 1986, XVIII, No. 3.

Additional Information:

  • Awards
  • Grants
  • Conferences & Clinics
  • Adjudicator/Clinician/Presenter
  • Courses Created
  • Recordings
  • Solo Recitals and Collaborative Performances
  • Special Arrangements and Original Compositions

  • 2013    CETL Distinguished Master Teacher Award 

    2012    University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award

    2009    Wachovia Excellence in Teaching Award 

    2009    Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award 

    2004    Outstanding Contributions to Students at WSSU by Campus Activity Board

    2014    Travel Grants/WSSU Professional Development Committee – (FY 2013 – 2014)

    2013    Travel Grant/WSSU Professional Development Committee – (FY 2012-2013)

    2007    The Yamaha Corporation - (FY 2006-2007)

    2006    The National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation - (FY 2006-2007)

    2006    The National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation - (FY 2006-2007)

    2006    The Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation – (FY 2006-2007)

    2005    The Vandoren Diamond/DANSR Corporation - (FY 2005-2006)

    2014    Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

    2013    North Carolina Music Educators Conference, Winston-Salem, NC

    2013    Orfeo Music Festival and Summer Academy,Vipiteno, Italy

    2010    North Carolina Music Educators Conference, Winston-Salem, NC

    2010    Intercollegiate Music Association, Inc. Conference, Winston-Salem, NC

    2010    Association of Arts Presenters Conference, New York, NY

    2009    Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, Ill.

    2008    Writing in the Major Workshop – WSSU, Winston-Salem, NC

    2008    North Carolina Consortium for International/Intercultural Education 19th Annual

               Model United Nations Conference, Winston-Salem, NC

    2007    International Association for Jazz Education Conference, New York, NY

    2005    Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, Montreal, Canada

    2002    Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland


    2013    Adjudicator: South Carolina Band Directors Association “Concert Band Festival

               Lexington Senior High School, Lexington, SC

    2013    Adjudicator: South Carolina Band Directors Association “Jazz Band Festival

               New Berry College, New Berry, SC

    2010    Adjudicator: South Carolina Band Directors Association “Concert Band Festival

               West Ashley High School, Charleston, SC

    2009    Adjudicator: South Carolina Band Directors Association “Jazz Festival

               Newberry College

    Mus 2298 - Computer Applications in Music

    Mus 2191 - Beginning Jazz Improvisation

    Mus 3227 - Marching Band Techniques

    LLS 1377 - Doo Wop Unchained: Heart and Soul

    2010    “LIVE” Piedmont Wind Symphony Vols. VII, VIII, IX (3 Disc Set) 

    2004    Tribute to Frederick Fennell 

    2000    A Piedmont Celebration, Live Vol. VI 

    1998    “LIVE” Piedmont Wind Symphony, Vols. IV & V (2 Disc Set) 

    1997    “LIVE” Piedmont Wind Symphony, Vol. III 

    1996    “LIVE” Piedmont Wind Symphony, Vols. I & II (2 Disc Set)

    Solo Recitals

    2008 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    1997 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone and Clarinet)

    1981 Fayetteville State University (Saxophone)

    1980 Fayetteville State University (Clarinet)

    Joint Faculty Recital Participation

    2014 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    2010 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    2008 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    2006 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    1998 Winston-Salem State University (clarinet)

    1991 Winston-Salem State University (Saxophone)

    Special Arrangements (recorded and performed by the Eastman Studio Jazz Ensemble)

    All Blues – Miles Davis

    In A Sentimental Mood – Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington

    Original Compositions

    You Asked For It - finalist - ASCAP Competition for Young Composers

    Palm Sunday Muse

    It Happened This Day


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