Laurence L. Leggett

Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Jan 2001 (aged 79)
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 212, Lot: 689
Memorial ID 45958837 · View Source
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Laurence "Larry" Leggett, educator, bandleader, and saxophonist, was born and raised in Brazil, Indiana, Larry Leggett became the youngest member of the Brazil High School Marching Band at age ten and later distinguished himself as the first African American in the symphonic band, orchestra, and marching band at Indiana State Teachers' College (now Indiana State University). He was also the first African American to complete a music degree there. From 1948 to 1978, he taught instrumental music at Crispus Attucks High School and supervised music programs in IPS feeder schools. In those years, he developed a great reputation for grooming highly competitive ensembles. Among the thousands of students whom he inspired over the years were Freddie Hubbard and Larry Ridley. For the last ten years of his IPS career – before retiring in 1988 – Leggett was the administrative head of music education in all IPS schools. In addition to his education career, Larry Leggett (or Larry Liggett as he was billed as a performer) maintained a great reputation as a saxophone player, who – according to the local buzz – could have easily hit the road with the band of his choice. From 1950 to 1956, his combo called Three Flips and a Flop played regularly at the Mates' White Front on the West side. Comprised of mainly IPS teachers, the Larry Liggett Band had a regular gig at the Marriott for four years and at the Ramsgate Roof of Stouffer's Inn for seven years, thereby giving blacks opportunities to play in traditionally white establishments. In fact, his band recorded a live album at Stouffer's Inn. He also recorded some singles with Chess Records and earned recognition in Downbeat in the mid 1950s. For his outstanding contribution to the arts, he was one three individuals to win a Governor's Arts Awards under the auspices of the Indiana Arts Commission in 1999.

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Gravesite Details burial: JAN 25,2001

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 45958837
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Laurence L. Leggett (23 Oct 1921–20 Jan 2001), Find a Grave Memorial no. 45958837, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .