Education Team



Tanner LEonardo

Tanner currently studies under Dr. Greg Byrne at the University of Louisville. His studies seek a degree in Music Performance with a focus in percussion. Previously, Leonardo has served as Section Principal in the University of Louisville Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Other performing ensembles he has achieved include the Commonwealth Brass Band, Louisville Philharmonia, Orchestra Enigmatic, Music City Drum & Bugle Corps, Walden Theater Opera Co., and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band under conductor Jerry Junkin. He has performed at both the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California and the Sandy Feldstein Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Leonardo also currently serves as the Head Percussion Instructor at North Oldham High School in Goshen, Kentucky.


Michael Day

Michael has been teaching music in the North Middlesex (MA) School District since 2002 working with students in grades five through twelve. He also coaches the award winning percussion section of the NM Marching Band, and founded a middle school percussion ensemble. Prior to this appointment, he taught percussion for the wind ensemble at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute under the direction of Frank Battisti, conducting the percussion ensemble at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. Mr. Day is a graduate of Boston University, having studied timpani with Tim Genis, and percussion with Richard Flannigan. Mr. Day plays regularly throughout the northest. While he specializes in timpani and classical percussion, his work with students include drumset and world drumming.


K michelle Lewis

K. Michelle Lewis is a Louisville native who has 16 years of experience teaching elementary music, middle and high school band/percussion in the public schools of Kentucky and Texas, as well as percussion methods at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. Her bands in Kentucky and Texas have won distinguished ratings at state assessments and performed at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Conference (KMEA).

She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Morehead State University, a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University, and a Rank I in Orff-Schulwerk from the University of Kentucky. In addition, she holds an administration certificate from the University of Louisville. She has studied percussion extensively with Frank Oddis, She-E Wu, and Dennis DeLucia.

Ms. Lewis has performed with numerous ensembles including, but not limited to the Rutgers Wind Ensemble (Mark Custom Recordings), Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, Percussive Arts Society International Indoor Drumline Champions of Morehead State University, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Victoria Symphony in Victoria, Texas and toured with a Texas Country-Rock Band in the Houston area. In 1996, she place 2nd in the Percussive Arts Society International Marimba Competition. She currently performs as a percussionist with Voices of Kentuckiana, The Brass Band of Louisville, Centerstage, and is a competitive snare drummer with the Louisville Pipe Band.

Ms. Lewis holds memberships with the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association, National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and Percussive Arts Society. In addition to these memberships, Ms. Lewis serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Composers and Schools in Concert as well as a volunteer outreach member for the Jazz Education Network.