Dr. Leonard Falcone was a pioneering exponent of the Baritone/Euphonium and a longtime professor at Michigan State University. The Falcone Festival was founded by several of his former students in 1986, the year after this death, to honor his memory. Held annually, the festival includes four divisions of solo competitions for euphonium and tuba that are internationally recognized and highly competitive.
The LFIET Festival provides a continuing testimony to the profound influence of Dr. Falcone, upon the lives of his students, and the extraordinary level of artistry he achieved throughout his career on the instrument he loved. The festival promotes the highest level of artistry on the euphonium and tuba by expanding the available repertoire through commissioning original compositions, transcriptions and arrangements, and presenting master classes and performances by distinguished euphonium and tuba artists. It's through these efforts that our goal to foster an increased public awareness and appreciation for these often misunderstood instruments can be reached, and through that sucess, encourage young musicians to study the euphonium and tuba.
The Falcone Festival is held each summer, over a four day period, and has been housed since its inception at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. In addition to the competition aspect of the Festival, participants are offered the opportunity to attend master classes and recitals provided by internationally recognized euphonium/tuba artists. For more information about Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, please visit their web site at http://www.bluelake.org/