Leslie W. Hicken is one of the most respected band directors in the
United States. A member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association
Hall of Fame, Hicken is president of the South Carolina Band Directors
Association, and member of the American Bandmasters Association.
He has served as one of Furman's leading ensemble directors since
joining the university in 1993. He directs the wind ensemble, symphonic
band and chamber wind ensembles and serves as assistant director to the
marching band. In 2012, he led the wind ensemble to the American
Bandmasters Association National Convention in Charleston, S.C.
Prior to joining Furman's faculty, Hicken was the director of bands at
Youngstown State (Ohio) University and director of the Youngstown
Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also performed as a clarinetist in the
Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Hicken taught in
Durham, N.C. and performed as a clarinetist in the U.S. Military