Leonard A. Giles

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Visual and Performing Arts and Media Studies Academic Department
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Visual and Performing Arts
  • Gilesl@fvsu.edu


Email: gilesl@fvsu.edu (office)


Department Of Fine Arts / Music
Assistant Professor Of Music / Music Area Coordinator
Director Of The FVSU Jazz Band

Additional Study
South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Educational Administration

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37203
Master Of Arts In Music Education
(Attended: 1980-1981; Graduated August 1981)

Shaw University
Raleigh, NC
Bachelor Of Arts In Music (Cum Laude)
(Attended: 1973-1977; Graduated May 1977)

Manor/Cradock High Schools
Portsmouth Public Schools, Portsmouth, VA
College Preparatory Curriculum
(Attended: 1969-1973; Graduated June 1977)


Music Area Coordinator/ Assistant Professor of Music/ Interim Director of Bands
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Duties include teaching undergraduate music courses, applied brass, applied strings, advising all music majors, and overseeing the implementation and assessment of the music curriculum. Conducting the FVSU Jazz /Concert/ Marching Bands.

Music Area Coordinator/ Assistant Professor of Music
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Duties include teaching undergraduate music courses, applied brass, applied strings, advising all music majors, and overseeing the implementation and assessment of the music curriculum. Conducting the FVSU Jazz Band.

1996 to 2007
Director of Bands/ Assistant Professor of Music
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Duties are to direct the marching, jazz, pep and concert bands, teach undergraduate music courses, music appreciation, applied brass, strings and percussion. Conducting the fvsu marching, concert and jazz bands.

1991 to 1996
Director of Bands/ Music Department Chair
Southeast High School, Macon, GA 31204

Supervise the choral and instrumental music program which included concert and intermediate choirs, marching, jazz, concert and symphonic bands. Duties also included fund raising and recruitment.

Director of Bands/Assistant Professor of Music
Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Duties were the same as above.

Assistant Director of Bands /Instructor of Music
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37203

Duties were to assist with the overall operation of the instrumental music program.

Graduate Assistant
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37203

Duties were the same as above.

Director Of Bands
East Wake High School/ Whitley Middle School
Wake County Public Schools, Wendell, NC

Duties were to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced band at the middle school and marching and concert band at the high school.


  • MUSC 1000-Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 1001-Music Fundamentals
  • MUSC 1141/2141/3141/4141-Major Applied Brass/Percussion
  • MUSC 1331/2331/3331/4331-Jazz Band and Marching Band
  • MUSC 2316-World Music Cultures
  • MUSC 3316-Instrumental Performance Techniques
  • MUSC 3100-Gen. Music for the Young Child
  • MUSC 4262-Form and Analysis
  • MUSC 4796-Internship
  • MUSC 4797 Music Seminar (Capstone)
  • MUSC 3001-Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 3002-Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 4003-Music History and Literature III
  • MUSC 3400-Woodwind Performance Techniques
  • MUSC 2310-String Performance Techniques
  • MUSC 3401-Brass Performance Techniques
  • MUSC 3402-Percussion Performance Techniques
  • MUSC 2314-Conducting Fundamentals
  • MUSC 2315Instrumental Conducting
  • MUSC 3294-Jazz History
  • MUSC 4314-Survey of Instrumental Literature
  • MUSC 4313-Survey of Choral Literature
  • MUSC 3372-Orchestration


  • Drum Major-Manor HS-1973
  • Drum Major-Cradock HS-1972
  • Drum Major-Shaw University-1977
  • District II-B All Regional Bands-1969-1973
  • Virginia All State  Band-1973 (Fennell and Copland)
  • Morehead State University Honor Band-1973
  • A.J. Lancaster Memorial Scholarship Winner-1977
  • District II-B Solo and Ensemble Festivals-Superior-1969-73
  • Shaw University Bandsman of The Year-1977
  • John W. Winters Award for Academic Excellence in Music -1977
  • Who’s Who Among Students-1976-1977 editions
  • Outstanding Young Men in America-1982
  • Teacher of the Year 1997-Southeast High School-Macon,GA


Strategies for Engaging 1st Generation Students
Center for Teaching and Learning
Spring 2016
Fort Valley State University

Reimagining the Textbook
Creating and Using New E- and Open Formats
Spring 2016
Affordable Learning Georgia
Mid-Georgia State University

Quality Matters
Independent Applying the QM Rubric
Fall 2015
Fort Valley State University

IPLA 2014
Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts
Inquiry Guided Learning
Teaching International Students-Challenges and Solutions
Spring 2014

Oxford College of Emory University
Wimba Pronto/Whiteboard Training
Fort Valley State University
Online Webinars
Fall 2010

Learning Blackboard Training
Fort Valley State University
Fall 2010

Conductors Workshop Symposium
Columbus State University
November 2009

Graduate Studies
South Carolina State University
Educational Administration

“Designing an Online Course”
Fort Valley State University
WebCT  Training
Continuing Education Certification
October 2007

Georgia INTECH Technology Training
Integrating Technology in the Classroom
Columbus State University
Certification Awarded
May 2002

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
PRAXIS II Workshop Presenter
Music Education-Concepts and Processes/ Constructed Response

  • Macon State College
  • State University of West Georgia
  • Georgia College and State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Clayton State University

PRAXIS Test Strategies Workshop
Presented by the National Testing Service
Fort Valley State University
September 2000

The Southeastern Music Symposium
Research Presentations in Music Education
The University of Georgia-Athens Georgia
May 1999

New Media Techniques In Music Education
Applications for Distance Learning and Online Courses
The University of Florida
May 1999

Music Composition Software Symposium
Macon State College
May 1996

Southeastern United States Band Clinic
Troy State University, Troy, AL


  • Georgia Music Educators Association
  • District Eleven Chairman-1994-1995-1996
  • District Eleven Vice Chairman-1992-1993
  • District Eleven College Chair-1989
  • Solo And Ensemble Host 1983 To 1991;1996 Thru 1999
  • Large Group Festival Host-1989
  • Jazz Festival Host-1983 To 1991
  • Organizing Chair -GMEA All-State Band Auditions-1991 To 1994


  • National Association for Music Education (Formerly MENC)
  • National Band Association
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Georgia Music Educators Association
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Georgia Association of Jazz Educators
  • HBCU National Band Directors Consortium


Grand Prize Winner, Church’s Battle of the Bands Online Contest- March 2005

Nationally-televised commercial filmed-September 2005

$10,000 awarded to the Fort Valley State University Marching Band

Grant proposal funded through Title III: Enhancing Technology and Instruction in the Fine Arts-2002 -2003 ($65,000/year)

Grant proposal funded through Title III: Enhancing Technology, Instruction and Cultural Diversity in the Fine Arts and Mass Communications- 2004 thru present ($65,000/year)

Grant proposal funded to assist in production of “Porgy and Bess” by the American Federation of Musicians Music Performance Trust Fund- 1997 ($4,000)

HONDA Battle of the Bands Celebration Tour grants 2000 thru 2007 and 2011-2012-2014  ($8,000)


Georgia Department of Education
Division of Teacher Certification
T-5 Certificate
Exp. 2001

State of Tennessee
Department of Education
Professional Teaching Certificate

State of North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction
Class A Certificate


Co-Coordinator for the Georgia Peach Festival Community Band

Adjudicator-Governors Honors Program (1993 To 2014)

FAME Summer Camp Director, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Duties include organizing personnel, programs, equipment and all logistical operations of the two week fame summer camps (2008-Present)

Conductor for the pit orchestra Of The FVSU Joseph Adkins Players production of “Eubie,”  “Porgy and Bess,” and “Golden Boy” musicals.


  • Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus Bands
  • Lena Horne-The Lady and Her Music Tour
  • Temptations-Reunion Tour
  • Shrine Circus Bands
  • Bobby Jones Gospel Show-Nashville, TN (WSMV)
  • George Adams Quintet
  • Southern Soundtrack Band
  • Dr. Billy Dodd’s Dixieland Band (Macon, GA)
  • Oscar Jackson Quintet (Macon, GA)
  • Leonard Giles and Friends (Macon and Fort Valley, GA)
  • Bob Huellmeier Orchestra (Macon, GA)
  • Dr. Myldred Hill Music Ministry (Musical Arranger)
  • Reflections Band (Warner Robins,GA)
  • Class Act Band-Macon, GA
  • The World Famous Walnut Street Dixie, Racing & Marching Society Jazz Band-Macon,GA


  • FVSU Teacher Education Committee
  • FVSU Faculty Senate
  • FVSU Homecoming Committee
  • FVSU Recruitment Committee
  • FVSU Departmental Search Committee
  • FVSU Search Committee- History, Geography and Political Science Department Chair
  • FVSU Arts and Sciences-Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • FVSU Fine Arts Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • FVSU Academic Calendar Committee
  • FVSU Scholarship Committee
  • FVSU Commencement Committee
  • FVSU Professional Education Committee



“Lt. James Reese Europe: His Use of Jazz As A Communication Vehicle For Cultural Exchanges Between African American and European Cultures”-Encore: Journal of the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts; April 1999; pgs. 75-79.