Gregory Lyons is Associate Professor of Music and the James Alvey Smith Endowed Professor at Louisiana Tech University where he teaches applied percussion, directs the percussion ensemble, and coaches the drum line. He also 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 as an assistant band director in the Missouri public schools where he spent three years teaching percussion and conducting bands at beginning to intermediate levels.
As a solo and ensemble performer, Dr. Lyons has made appearances in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, and California. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention's Technology Day (2014) and the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (2013, 2016, 2017). He was a semi-finalist in the Southern California International Marimba Competition (2009). He has performed with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (Muskegon, MI), the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Lansing, MI), and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (Monroe, LA). He currently performs as principal percussionist with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, Louisiana).
Since 2016, Lyons has been the co-coordinator and co-founder of New Music on the Bayou, a summer festival that brings contemporary composers and musicians to the communities of north Louisiana. He is also the coordinator of the North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival, an annual event at Louisiana Tech that has hosted an assortment of prominent guest artists and clinicians since 2012.
Dr. Lyons is past president and current treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and is a proud endorser of Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, SABIAN Cymbals and Majestic Percussion.