Mr. LeGrand was the first official drum line instructor at MPHS. My oldest son was one of the orginal members of this drumline. He lead this group of children to push themselves harder in every way. He was than offered a math position at the middle school which was not the subject that he had hoped for but took it so that he was in the school. After a few years he got to switch to the elementary school as the band teacher which was a new program for our school. At this time my other two sons had him. All this time he continued to instruct the drum line. Which was going by leaps and bonds. I have seen children change instruments just so they could be in the drum line. When the high school band director left Mr. LeGrand got the position. It was truly the right move for MPHS. He brings so much drive to the band and pulls so much out of the children that they dont even know they have in them. He is a caring and loving teacher. Even to this day when I see him he asks about all my boys. My sons were blessed to have him as and instructor and teacher and Manassas Parknis blessed to have him.
Legrand is an awesome band director. He has made major improvements to the schools band department since moving to the high school from the elementary. MP has a marching band and drumline that we all can be proud of. I’m glad that both of my kids had the opportunity to have him as a band director. He has helped my daughter majorly this year go from being shy at the beginning of the year to more confident in herself through concert band and drumline. When it comes to the kids Legrand has a big heart. The students comes first always! You don’t find that much anymore in teachers. He is the role model kids need nowadays. He can be serious and still have fun with the students. LeGrand definitely deserves this award.
LeGrande’s energy, work ethic, commitment to his students, and love of music is truly a magical combination for our kids. His students strive to be the best not only for themselves but for the band as a whole AND their director. LeGrande keeps it fun and engaging for the kids when teaching. As a band parent, I personally have seen a big increase in school spirit overall due to MP bands. His drumline is the best and it gets the kids so excited for football games in the fall.
I am honored to say I was Mr. LeGrand’s principal for almost four years. In that time I watched him stoke the fires of aspiring artists and find the spark in kiddos who didn’t even know they had an interest and turn that spark into a blaze. Mr. Legrand beautifully blends his musical skills and high standards with a passion to share his gift and a sincere desire to influence children. The result? A music program that wins awards, is invited to perform at major events (like Washington Wizards basketball games) and is the glue that binds the MPHS student community. MPHS is an extremely diverse school where the needs for students vary in virtually all ways a student body might be defined. However, when the MPHS drum line shows up, students become one, cheering and dancing - unifying around something so powerful, it is easy to forget differences exist at all. Mr. Legrand hasn’t just built a music program. He’s created a school fabric of which EVERY student can feel a part. Something that’s not always easy to find in a high school.