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, coaches the drum line, and serves as head of instrumental music education. Formerly, he was an assistant band director in the Missouri public schools where he taught percussion and conducted beginning and intermediate bands. 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.
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), the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (Monroe, LA), the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Shreveport, LA), and the Texarakana Symphony Orchestra (Texarakana, TX). 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 treasurer and former president 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.