Welcome to Fall 2021!

Dear Lion Steel Community,

Welcome to the new school year! My name is Kayleen Justus and I am the new Director of Steel Bands at Leon High School.  If you are reading this, you are about to become – or already are – involved in the world of pan (steel band). We are a very special music program: Leon HS is the only secondary school in Tallahassee with this unique curricular music offering and our steel band program is one of the most distinguished of its kind in the country. We are lucky to have such a supportive community and we are proud to be a part of the vibrant performing arts culture in Tallahassee since 1990.

During the 2021-22 school year, our steel bands will be presenting several on- and off-campus concerts and the advanced groups will again compete at the Virginia International Pan Fest in May 2022. Details about our performance calendar and other activities can be found at leonperformingarts.org and right here on the Lion Steel website. I will be using this site, as well as FOCUS/Classlink, to communicate important information with you throughout the year. Browse the website now and check back frequently to get the latest news about our bands!

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions. If you’d like to know a little bit more about me before we meet, you can check out my profile HERE (click on my image to read more).

Definitely check out and read through the digital copy of our 2021-22 Course Syllabus, but make sure to read, sign, and return the hard copy to me by the end of the first week of class.

**When you pay your class fee for steel band during the first week, you can either bring a check or cash to school (and I’ll write you a receipt) OR you can pay it online here.

I am so excited for the coming school year, and I look forward to making music with everyone!


Dr. Kayleen Justus

Director of Steel Bands


Kayleen Justus

Director of Steel Bands