Leo Thomas Canale began his musical studies at the age of ten playing in the percussion section of the Homer Intermediate School band in upstate New York. Although a terrible singer, he was also asked to join the select sixth grade choir “The Soul Singers” as a bongo accompanist. From this early start he went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York in Potsdam, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music in Education (Kodály emphasis) from Colorado State University.
Leo has played with different music ensembles throughout the United States and spent eight summers teaching percussion at the New England Music Camp in Maine. He moved to Colorado in 1999 when he joined the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies in Colorado Springs. Leo moved to Fort Collins in 2005 where he has been performing with local orchestras including the Cheyenne Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic. He officially joined the Fort Collins Symphony in the spring of 2012.
An avid TV watcher, Leo also enjoys doing rigorous exercise (P90x and Insanity) and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with his wife Fabiola.