2013 Civic Leadership Award

Paul A. LeVeck

Paul was born to Margaret and Earl LeVeck on March 21, 1952. Margaret, a 1931 graduate of the University of Michigan and Earl, a 1950 graduate of the Misinger Art School in Detroit.

Paul participated in band in public school in Ferndale, MI. Beginning in 1962, he began on cornet. In 1964, he switched to French horn. His French horn teachers included Louis J. Stout of the University of Michigan, Marvin C. Howe of Eastern Michigan University, Eugene Wade of Wayne State University, and Dr. Lorin C. Richtmeyer of Northern Michigan University. Paul graduated from Northern in May of 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Music Education.

In October 1977, Paul accepted a teaching position in Detroit. His first school was Knusden Jr. High. At Knusden he developed the first Jr. High marching band and play productions. He helped to produce numerous parades and plays including God Spell, The Hobbit and Jesus Christ Superstar.

In addition, he played in the orchestras for Annie Get your Gun, Music Man and Guys and Dolls. In his spare time he played in the Grosse Point, St. Clair Shores and Oak Park Orchestras and the Warren, Metropolitan and Birmingham Concert Bands.

Paul completed his masters degree in 1982 at Wayne State University. His final project was titled Fine Arts, its motivational implications for public school curriculums.

Paul has been a featured soloist and guest director in the Warren and Birmingham Concert Bands. He has also helped with the planning of tours to share band music throughout Michigan. He has also shared committee responsibilities providing scholarships for youths pursuing a direction in band and orchestra.

Perhaps Paul’s greatest attribute is “that as humans we must accept everyone on the same plane, for it is not for us to judge.”

Paul continues to perform in numerous local bands, orchestras and churches.

He has retired from Detroit Public Schools. Many of his former students have contacted him through Facebook to say thank you!