In Memoriam: Leonard “Chief” Tramiel, 1944-2019


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Leonard “Chief” Tramiel, long-time band director at Mississippi Valley State University, passed away on April 6, 2019. He was 75 years old. Tramiel began his career as a band director in Fayette, Alabama. He later became the band director of Druid High School in Tuscaloosa. Under his leadership, the Druid band became the first Black ensemble to integrate the Alabama Bandmasters Association concert band festival in 1969. In 1973, Tramiel became director of university bands at Mississippi Valley State University. His ensembles at the university included Symphonic, Marching, and Varsi...