Published: July 25, 2016
Jose Leonardo Leon

Jose Leonardo Leon has taught music and been taught music. He’s performed music and he’s seen music performed. He’s even been part of a Latin Grammy-winning recording with one of his musical idols. Now, the Venezuela-born trombonist has his eye on the ultimate degree.

“I want to teach in a university and have my own trombone studio. But the only way to do that is to earn my DMA.”

Indeed, Leon is living his dream. The student of Associate Professor of Trombone William Stanley is a musician in the United States—something he always aspired to as a child in South America. But it’s how he got here that’s truly inspirational.

Read more from Jesse Bauters' article Caracas to Colorado Musical Journey here.