Biography

Leslie Matheson Sandy was born August 8, 1928. He is one of the eight children of the late Lloyd Allen Sandy and the Late Maude Davis Sandy.

His love for music began at a very early age after he learned to play his Dad's harmonica when he was six years old.  Since that time he has learned to play the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass fiddle.  The fiddle and the guitar are his favorite instruments.

Leslie joined the US Navy in 1944.  He is a World War II Veteran. After a two others grew stronger.  It was his strong desire to learn more that prompted him to leave home when he was nineteen years old to pursue a professional career in music and to meet other musicians who could share their knowledge that would influence him to become the outstanding fiddle player that he is today.

This journey began in 1946 when he went to Miami, Florida.  Since that time from 1946 to the present, that journey has taken him to many interesting places where he has met and played with both well known and not so well known musicians.

While in Miami, Florida, he played and sang with Vassar Clements, a renowned fiddle player in his own right. Leslie's brother, Coolidge, also a musician, later joined him in Key West, Florida where they sang and played at Sloppy Joe's for two years.

Leslie has appeared on The Louisiana Hayride in New Orleans and the Suwannee River Jamboree in Live Oak, Florida.  He has appeared on shows with The Briar hoppers, Slim Mims and The Dream Ranch Boys, Snuffy Jenkins and The Hired Hands, Arthur Smith and The Cracker Jacks, Curly Mulligan and The Sundowners and Jim and Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys.  He has played show dates with the Bailey Brothers and Clyde Moody.  He was also a guest star with Jimmy Martin, well known bluegrass singer.  Leslie has been featured on radio programs around the country.

In 1953, he was privileged to play the bass fiddle for Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry as one of his Bluegrass Boys.  After three years on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, he went to Wilmington, North Carolina.  There he established his own television show called The Carolina Jamboree on WMFD (now WECT).  A young Charlie Daniels was a frequent guest on this show.

In 1960, Leslie formed his own band along with three brothers.  The Les Sandy Band, often referred to as The Sandy Brothers Band, performed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for eight years playing at NCO Clubs. During this time, he also performed at many festivals and other events held in towns in North and South Carolina.

Leslie no longer has his own band, but he still provides musical entertainment for festivals, civic organizations, family celebrations, wedding receptions, senior citizens' groups and various other events. He has appeared in the musical drama "Smoke on the Mountain" presented by the Encore Theater in Laurinburg, North Carolina and was a part of the musical group who starred in the Cape Fear Regional Theater production "Big River" The adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Leslie played the fiddle in both productions.

At 85 years of age, Leslie still practices on a regular basis, not only to keep his skills sharp and to learn something new, but also, for the sheer enjoyment for his love for music.

Leslie married the former Mildred Walker of Maxton, North Carolina. They have two sons Rick Sandy of Raeford, North Carolina and Isaac Allen Sandy of Coconut Creek, Florida.

 

 
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