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Leon Breeden; directed college jazz band

LEON BREEDEN LEON BREEDEN
Associated Press / August 13, 2010

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DENTON, Texas — Leon Breeden, legendary director of the University of North Texas’s jazz program who made its One O’Clock Lab Band internationally famous, has died.

He was 88.

Longtime friend Richard Cox said Mr. Breeden died Wednesday afternoon of complications from an abdominal infection. He was at a Dallas hospital.

Mr. Breeden led the jazz program and the One O’Clock Lab Band from 1959 to 1981.

It became the first college band to perform at the White House by presidential invitation in 1967.

It also began to tour inter- nationally and became the first college band to receive a Grammy nomination.

The band was named for its rehearsal time.

Among Mr. Breeden’s students were future jazz pianist and composer Lyle Mays and veteran studio musicians and sidemen “Blue Lou’’ Marini and Marvin Stamm.