Les Owen has been a professional musician his entire life and retired from The United States Army Band. Along the way he pursued film making which became his passion and new career. Today, he is the Media Project Manager for Arlington Nat Cemetery.
Les Owen has pursued professional careers in both music and filmmaking. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree in music from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Les successfully auditioned for a position as saxophonist in The United States Army Field Band, Jazz Ambassadors in Washington DC. in 1983 and later went on to the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, also in Washington. He served his country for over 32 years as a musician, educator and producer in these elite organizations. During that time he performed throughout the United States and around the world as well as The White House and other highly visible venues.
It was during his service in The United States Army Band that Les explored a strong interest in filmmaking. He started his own production company, Treehouse Dreams Films, in 2005 and began producing various videos and short films which eventually included projects for The Army Band. As the band added more and more visual components to their live performances, Les was tasked to become the first full time Video Producer for The U.S. Army Band. He created invaluable productions used by the band, as well as top U.S. Army leadership, for marketing, archiving, promotion and international public relations.
Since retiring from The Army Band Les has produced a number of successful award winning documentaries and continues to have his films screened in film festivals and television broadcasts across the country and internationally.
Today, Les is the Broadcast Manager and Video Producer for Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs in Arlington, Virginia.
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Beyond Earth Film Festival
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Zero Degree Film Contest
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Golden State Film Festival 2020
Los Angelas, CA
Winner
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Short & Sweet Film Festival
Price, Utah
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Oregan Documentary Film Festival Winter 2019
Wilsonville, OR
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Honor Film Festival 2019
Lakeland, FL
Award Nominee
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
IndieX Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
Winner Best Documentary
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
52 Weeks Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Georgia Documentary Film Festival Fall 2019
Atlanta, GA
Winner
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Canadian Cinematography Awards
Toronto, CA
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
Los Angelas International Indie Short Fest
Los Angelas, CA
Official Selection
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
The Oaks International Film Festival
Semi-Finalist
Diversity in the Long Gray Line
New York Cinematography Awards
New York
College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Music Education and Saxophone
19741981
High School
Hermitage High School
1974
Birth Date
February 11, 1956
Birth City
Richmond, VA
Current City
Bowie, MD
Hometown
Richmond, VA
Married To
Lyne Babin
Children
2
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Les Owen has been a professional musician his entire life and retired from The United States Army Band. Along the way he pursued film making which became his passion and new career. Today, he is the Media Project Manager for Arlington Nat Cemetery.
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