Leonard Insalaca, Director of Bands
Leonard Insalaca has been the Director of Bands at Pinecrest Academy since the program’s inception in 2009.
He is a firm believer that being able to understand and perform music leads to a better quality of life and he wishes to share that gift, and his passion for music, with his students.
Mr. Insalaca holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Florida, and the Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University and has been involved in music education since 1997. Since then his bands have achieved high levels of success and many of his students have gone on in music, with several having careers in the music field. Ensembles under his direction have performed at prestigious festivals at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and for President George W. Bush while he was campaigning in South Florida.
As an active composer, he writes music for wind band, orchestra, multimedia, and his works are published by KnightWind Music. He is a member of The American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and is a recipient of the ASCAP Plus award for his contributions to the wind band repertoire. His music has been used in television broadcasts on CBS, Discovery Channel HD, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, and most notably for music featured in the series Missions that Changed the War, on the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel). As a trombonist, he freelances around the Atlanta area, and is a charter member of the Georgia Wind Symphony. He was also a member of the 1995 Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, silver medalist at the 1995 Drum Corps World Championships in Buffalo, NY.
Mr. Insalaca is a member, or has been a member, of the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Association of Jazz Educators, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, International Trombone Association, and has served as President of the Eta Omega chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, professional music fraternity, at the University of Florida.
He resides in Canton, GA with his beautiful and creative wife, Maria, and their four children, all of whom attend Pinecrest Academy, Charlie ’19, Genevieve ’21, John Michael ’24, and Theresa ’30.