Chief Master Sgt. Leigh D. Steiger, a 30-year veteran of the Air Force, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 65.
A Kenmore native, Mr. Steiger graduated in 1964 from Kenmore West High School, where he joined the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264.
He earned a bachelor's degree in music and a master's in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. While there, he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was president during his senior year. He also was editor of Eastman's yearbook, SCORE.
After graduation, Mr. Steiger joined the Air Force Band, stationed in Washington, D.C. He was one of the band's lead arrangers, and his transcriptions are still being played by the Air Force and American Legion bands.
Some of his work for the bands include arrangements of the Carnival Overture, Danse Bacchanale and Donna Diana Overture.
His military career took him to the Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Neb.; Yakota Air Force Base in Japan; and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, as the chief master sergeant of the United States Air Force Band.
He is survived by a daughter, Andrea McKenney; four sons, Bradley, Leigh II, August and Joel; his parents, Bradley and Shirley; and two sisters, Lissa VanDewark and Lauren Hess.
The family will be present for a memorial visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Ave., where a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m.