Joseph Lyons is a first year Master of Music in Saxophone Performance student at Georgia State University. Both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, Joseph has performed at numerous state, national, and international conferences, including GMEA, CBDNA, regional and biennial NASA conferences, and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. He has performed in masterclasses taught by Allison Adams, Claude Delangle, Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Debra Richtmeyer, and Vladislav Vals, and has received additional studies at the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute from Frederick L. Hemke, Sean Hurlburt, Gail Levinsky, Nathan Nabb, and John Sampen. He currently plays tenor saxophone in the GSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and is the baritone chair of the Vinea Quartet, GSU’s graduate saxophone quartet.
Joseph has worked at Milton High School since the fall of 2017; as a student teacher, he worked with the concert bands and marching band. Currently, he remains on staff with the marching band and coaches the MHS Saxophone Quartet. Additionally, he is in his 2nd year as the Visual Ensemble Coordinator and Choreographer for the World Class MHS Indoor Drumline. He is also a Graduate Assistant for the GSU Panther Band.
Joseph has an extensive drum corps background; he performed with Atlanta CV (2011-2012) when he was only 16, and with the Bluecoats (2014-2017), where he won a DCI World Championship (2016) and was the mellophone section leader (2017). Joseph is a member of GMEA, NASA, and CNAfME. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia, and his principal teachers are Jan Berry Baker and Connie Frigo.