Early life and educationEdit
Born in Hanford, California, Bassett studied composition with Homer Keller at the University of Michigan. He was also a member of the Gamma Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at California State University-Fresno, 1942.
Bassett was appointed as the University of Michigan's Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Composition. He received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Variations for Orchestra.
See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Leslie Bassett. for notable students.