A native Chicagoan, SSG Emily Leader joined The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", in 2003. SSG Leader holds violin performance degrees from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Prior to 2003, she was a member of The Louisville (KY) Orchestra, then performed regularly with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival Orchestra. SSG Leader has been a featured soloist with The U.S. Army Orchestra, The U.S. Army Concert Band, The U.S. Army Army Blues, and The U.S. Army Downrange, performing numerous genres from classical and jazz, to country and rock. She has been a substitute violinist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and enjoys playing duets with her guitarist husband, SSG Chad Leader of The U.S. Army Band Downrange.