Leonard Harris “L. H.” Buckner was born September 18, 1905, in Pine Hill, Texas, a small farming community fourteen miles east of Henderson. His parents, James Andrew Buckner and Elizabeth Harris Buckner, were a young farming/ranching couple. L. H. grew up on the farm and attended the Pine Hill schools for most of his public school years. An article in the October 1952 issue of The School Musician honored Mr. Buckner as one of the ten most outstanding Music Directors in the United States.

This honor was but one of many bestowed upon him. He also served as Secretary of the Texas State Music Council, TMEA Band Chairman, and in 1950-51, he served as President of the Texas Music Educators Association. Mr. Buckner also has the distinction of being one of the founders and charter members of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.