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Leader of the Band (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 7 August 1987 (USA)
Eddie is a down-on-his-luck bar pianist who has just been fired from another job. Desperate for work, he finds a school looking for a leader for its hopelessly incompetent marching band. ... See full summary »


Nessa Hyams


Frank Saperstein (story), Alan Uger (story & screenplay)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Landesberg ... Eddie Layton
Gailard Sartain ... Elmo De Lavallard
Mercedes Ruehl ... Miss Cooper
Ron Culbreth Ron Culbreth ... Mr. Wuss
James Martinez James Martinez ... Armando Colon
Jarrett Ellis Beal ... Bobby Dupree (as Jarrett Beal)
Amy Fields ... Alleen Levine
Chung Yen Tsay Chung Yen Tsay ... Benny
Ralph Pruitt Vaughn Ralph Pruitt Vaughn ... Brian De Lavallard
Benji Wilhoite Benji Wilhoite ... Conrad Zook
Bree Shannon Bree Shannon ... Nita Charles (as Tina Shannon)
Jeff Sisk Jeff Sisk ... Maddog
Daniel Corbitt Daniel Corbitt ... Tyrone Dugan
Dewey Corbitt Dewey Corbitt ... Tyrell Dugan
Erika Wallace Erika Wallace ... Fatty
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Eddie is a down-on-his-luck bar pianist who has just been fired from another job. Desperate for work, he finds a school looking for a leader for its hopelessly incompetent marching band. Somehow, Eddie has to whip these kids into shape in time for the big band competition. Can he get them to march without tripping over their own feet, let alone win the contest? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Lot of Atlanta Locals in this movie
12 November 2006 | by Jenn_TraczSee all my reviews

It's a clean movie and was fun to be in. Lassiter High School played the majority of the parts--both the "Big, Good band" which the "bad news bears" type of band was trying to beat--our dress uniforms had "L"'s that dropped off the cummerbund in those days, hence the name: Larchmont. . . all the scenes I worked on were at Oglethorpe or St. Pius--not Grady but I'm sure they did scenes there too.

One of the LHS drum majors was featured in the film which was fun. . . he was a character on the "bad band" side. . . It reads "Jess Sisk" as Maddog but it should be JEFF SISK. . . it's a guy. And his name is Jeff.

I remember hanging out with Fred Wilbur who is also in this movie (Not just Steve Landisburg) and he was very sweet!

It's certainly worth a watch, especially if you grew up in East Cobb county and/or went to Lassiter in 1986/87

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