John Leonard, a native of Chicago, began his dance studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and received his Bachelors of Arts, with honors, in dance from Columbia College of Chicago. Leonard continued his dance studies at Arizona State University where he was a graduate student and teaching assistant on scholarship. Leonard has performed with the Cavaliers and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Field of View, and Pride of Cincinnati winter guards, Ludwig Dance Theatre, and the national and Japan tours of the Broadway show Blast.
A teacher and choreographer for over fifteen years, his work has been seen in most of the fifty United States. Mr. Leonard is in his fifth year as director of the Marcus Color Guard program, and has worked with distinguished organizations such as Fred J. Miller Clinics, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, Lake Park High School, Centerville High School, First Flight Winter Guard, Field of View, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Arizona State University. In Texas, Leonard serves as President of the executive board for the North Texas Colorguard Association. Leonard is excited to return to Phantom Regiment as color guard caption head for the 2015 season.