Leslie N. Muncaster, Jr.
Leslie N. Muncaster, Jr. joined the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band as Music Director and Conductor in 1998. As with many of the band members, he grew up with music. A third generation Salvation Army musician, Les began playing trumpet at the age of six, and continued his pursuit of music as a member of the U.S. Air Force Band for more than 27 years. Les toured with the Air Force Band throughout the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom as conductor, featured vocalist and trumpet soloist. He has performed with artists Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Platters, Warren Covington and the Pied Pipers, John Gary, and Pat Paulson, among others. Les' enthusiasm and musical expertise have been an inspiration to Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band members as well as our growing audiences.
Rev. James F. Young
Pastor Jim “Gumbo” Young has been involved in music and theater his entire life. He played trombone, cello, and string bass in bands and orchestras in his hometown of Franklin, Pennsylvania. He sang and played guitar at church. Of all his musical theater roles he enjoyed playing Big Daddy in “Sweet Charity” the most.
After high school he spent two years as a radio broadcaster. He entered the US Navy Music program in 1973 and served in Navy Bands in Pensacola, FL, Charleston, SC, Newport, RI, San Diego, CA, and Pearl Harbor, HI, retiring in 1993 as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Bandmaster). He graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master of Divinity degree in 1997. He retired from active ministry in 2014 and has since served three times as an interim minister.
He has been married to his wife, Patti, since 1977. He has 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. His hobbies include computers, music, movies, cruises, and public speaking. He has served as announcer, trombonist, bass player, and sound/light technician with the Kingdom of the Sun Band since 2005.
Chip Morris has been the voice for the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band for over 9 years. In addition to being our announcer, Chip is an actor, director, entrepreneur and radio talk show host. His busy schedule includes co-hosting the new morning show on The Goat FM from 6:00-9:00 a.m. on 100.1 FM, 900 AM and 1230 AM in Ocala. In his spare time, Chip can often be found at the Ocala Civic Theatre and is the emcee for The Circle Square Cultural Center. During our concerts, Chip's witty remarks, sense of humor, and insightful introductions to each musical selection demonstrate his talent for "creating the message that will evoke the necessary emotional response from the audience".