2nd Independence

2nd Independence is a small-format jazz group that plays standards with a high emphasis on improvisation. They meet once a month to jam and perform in some of the more interesting venues around the DC area, including Strathmore and the Torpedo Factory. Everyone is invited to participate, though beginners may find it challenging.

Director

Matt Leonhardt, Director

Matt Leonhardt has been DCDD's director of jazz ensembles since June, 2012.  His background is in leading musical ensembles, teaching jazz and improvisation, giving clinics to and performing with big bands, and composing and arranging. In addition to jazz, he has also composed and arranged for, and conducted many traditional ensembles such as chamber ensembles, choruses, wind ensemble and orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Hawaii.

Matt has been a jazz musician since an early age and has been fortunate to study and perform with some of the greats, including Frank Mantooth, Fred Radke, Doc Severinsen, Don Ho, and many others. As an arranger, his works have been commissioned and performed by the United States Marine Corps, Army National Guard, Music Foundation of Hawai'i, the Adolescents, and others.

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