Gregory Lyons is Associate Professor of Music at Louisiana Tech University where he teaches Applied Percussion, directs the Percussion Ensemble, coaches the Drum Line for the Marching Band of Pride, and serves as Head of Instrumental Music Education. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from The Ohio State University, the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory.
Prior to his appointment at Louisiana Tech, Dr. Lyons was Assistant Band Director for the Webb City Schools in Webb City, Missouri. While there he oversaw all areas of percussion instruction and conducted bands at beginning and intermediate levels. He has been a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. As a solo and ensemble performer, he has made appearances in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, and California.
In 2014, Dr. Lyons performed on Technology Day 2.0 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with his duo partner, Darin Olson. In 2009, he was a semi-finalist in the Southern California International Marimba Competition. He has performed with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (Muskegon, MI), the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Lansing, MI), and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (Monroe, LA). Currently, he performs as principal percussionist with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, Louisiana).
Dr. Lyons currently serves as treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and has previously served as president (2013-2016). He is a proud endorser of Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and SABIAN Cymbals.