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About Gregory Lyons

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. Formerly, Dr. Lyons was as an assistant band director in the Missouri public schools where he taught percussion and conducted beginning and intermediate bands. As a solo and ensemble performer, he has made appearances in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, and California including performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention's Technology Day and the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. He is principal percussionist with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, LA) and has also performed with the Shreveport Symphony, Monroe Symphony, Texarakana Symphony (TX), West Shore Symphony (MI), and Lansing Symphony (MI). Dr. Lyons is the co-coordinator and co-founder of New Music on the Bayou, a contemporary summer music festival formed in 2016. He also coordinates the North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival at Louisiana Tech. He 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.


Present Associate Professor of Music, Louisiana Tech University Department of Music

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Co-Coordinator, New Music on the Bayou
2013 - Present Treasurer & Past President, Louisiana Percussive Arts Society
2001 - Present Member, National Association for Music Education
1999 - Present Member, Percussive Arts Society
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 University Senate Chair Award Nominee


  • Introduction to Non-Western Music
  • Percussion Methods
  • Percussion Lessons
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Secondary Instrumental Methods


2007 - 2011 DMA, The Ohio State University
2002 - 2004 MM, Central Michigan University
1997 - 2001 BME, Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois

Contact Information

Gregory Lyons, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
James Alvey Smith Endowed Professor in Music
Band Building 102
PO Box 3144
Ruston, LA 71272