Gregory Lyons is Associate Professor of Music and the James Alvey Smith Endowed Professor at Louisiana Tech University where he teaches applied percussion and conducts the percussion ensemble. He also serves as Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education and Assistant Director of 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 of Music. Formerly, he served as an assistant band director in the Missouri public schools.
Lyons is an active solo/chamber/orchestral performer and has made appearances in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan, and California. He has performed and presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, and the Professional Development Conference of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. In 2020, he completed a tour of the Midwest as a member of the Ninkasi Percussion Group. As part of Delamo Duo, with colleague Trevor Davis, he was selected to perform at the 2020 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Reno, Nevada.
In 2012, Lyons created the North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival, an annual event at Louisiana Tech that has hosted an assortment of prominent guest artists and clinicians. In 2016, he co-founded and now co-coordinates New Music on the Bayou, an annual summer festival that spotlights contemporary classical music. He is a past president and past treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is a proud endorser of the Vic Firth Company, SABIAN Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and Majestic Percussion.