Lenny King

Len King was a music educator in Illinois public schools for 35 years; leading all types of instrumental groups including bands, orchestras, and jazz bands. His jazz performing groups have attained national recognition for their excellence. His final teaching position was at Rolling Meadows High School where he served as Director of Bands and Music Supervisor. His past offices held in the music field include: National Treasurer and Board of Directors of the International Association of Jazz Educators; Vice-President and All-State Jazz Chairman for the Illinois Music Educators Association; Treasurer of American Federation of Musicians, Pekin Local; and President of the Illinois Unit of the National Association of Jazz Educators. He was also Tour Director nine years for Jazz Abroad, a summer performance tour to European Jazz Festivals for high school and university students. After retiring from teaching, Len created and directed the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, a professional big band which performed in the Chicago area and at prominent jazz festivals for ten years. The CMJO released two CDs which are available from music dealers. Len is currently serving as Director of the AZ Swing Kings, a swing/jazz big band sponsored by Sun City Grand.


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