Gabriel Fielder is a lifelong resident of Lake County, having attended only Leesburg area schools. He graduated from Leesburg High School in 1997. Having earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from The Florida State University. Gabriel has been the band director at Leesburg High School for eighteen years. In that time, the Leesburg High School Band has transitioned from a one ensemble local community band, to a comprehensive music academy with seven different performing groups and has earned national recognition, having been selected to perform with “Pershing’s Own” United State Army Band in Washington DC at the President’s Cup Invitational. Students under his direction have won numerous awards and scholarships and several local band directors are former students. Mr. Fielder is in demand as a band adjudicator and clinician throughout the state, recently presenting a lecture at the Florida Music Educator’s State Conference, and having served as the Florida Bandmasters Association Chairman for Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties. As a Christian, Mr. Fielder is service minded, believing that the best leaders seek to grow and empower others, preferring to avoid recognition for themselves while letting the work speak for itself. It is this philosophy that has guided his growth of the adult staff within the band program, as well as generations of student leaders, who as a result of having been in the Leesburg Band Program, have excelled in college leadership positions. In his own words “I believe we were designed to be creators, and not consumers. By teaching and guiding people to be self-sufficient, you are lifting them out of dependence on others and improving the culture one person at a time.”
Core Philosophy Regarding Elections
- Elected Officials are obligated to spend more time listening than talking.
- Elected Officials should specifically listen to their constituents and vote prayerfully and wisely.
- Elected Officials should seek to represent, not dictate
- All opinions should be heard, but facts should shape decisions.
- All people should be allowed and supported in changing opinions when new facts are presented.
- No one should seek to enrich his/herself through public service.
- It is the responsibility of citizens to be informed and involved.
- We are not opponents in this race: Leesburg has options.
Thoughts On Leesburg
- Crime can be diminished through improving the quality of life.
- Housing is too expensive, folks are struggling to pay rent.
- Incentives for non-traditional pathways to home ownership.
- Go beyond food banks and clothing closets for the homeless. Those who wish to come out of homelessness need a place to sleep, shower, and access the internet, in addition to food, clothing, and ministry.
- Modernize permitting and streamline regulation for homeowners and new businesses.
- Appeal to young families with down payment assistance and tax incentives. Move to Leesburg to start your business and we’ll help you get into a home.
- Refurbishing an existing structure should be easier than building a new one, but both should be easier than they are currently. Strengthen the core of the city.
- Advertise and Educate on public initiatives.
- Partner with schools in test piloting a retiree adjunct education program for secondary schools.
If we build upon the good things that Leesburg has to offer and involve everyone in our city in unity instead of division, Leesburg can experience prosperity and peace. If we focus on “Service Before Self” then we can begin to fulfill the law “love your neighbor as yourself.”