|Born||16 Dec 1920|
|Died||17 Apr 1989|
In 1937, Mr. Leeson was the first saxophonist to play at Town Hall in New York City. He was also one of the first saxophonists to appear as a soloist with major American symphony orchestras. More than 50 works for saxophone were written for him by composers such as Leon Stein, Edvard Moritz, Paul Creston, and Ferde Grofé.
Leeson taught saxophone performance at Northwestern University from 1955 to 1961 and then at Ball State University. His papers and his collection of original Adolphe Sax and other famous saxophones are in the America's National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.
- "The Cecil B. Leeson Saxophone Collection and Archive", National Music Museum.
- Mark Hulsebos, Cecil Leeson: the pioneering of the concert saxophone in American from 1921 to 1941, Publisher Ball State University, 1989.