Lucas April Lucas

 Lecturer, saxophone





Professor of saxophone, Lucas performs as principal saxophonist and bass clarinetist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra. She is co-founder and business manager of the Empire Saxophone Quartet and tours regularly with the New Sousa Band under the direction of Keith Brion, where she has appeared many times as soloist. As a member of these organizations, Lucas has presented clinics and workshops at universities and public schools throughout the United States and Japan. She has been a guest conductor for festival bands throughout New York state and Pennsylvania. She has been a past regional director for the North American Saxophone Alliance and has served on the faculties of Hartwick College and Broome Community College. Currently a music educator in the Susquehanna Valley Central School District, she has also served as an adjudicator for NYSSMA. Her recordings include releases with the Empire Saxophone Quartet, the New Sousa Band, the Saxophone Sinfonia and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Quartet. Lucas has also performed with the Catskill Symphony, the Utica Symphony and the Corning Symphony orchestras. She performed with the New Sousa Band, at the Ohio State Music Educators Conference in Cincinnati and at Ohio State University in Columbus. She will present clinics and workshops at both events. Lucas also conducted the Pennsylvania Honors Band, grades 7 and 8, at Blue Ridge High School in April 2008, and served as a woodwind adjudicator for the NYSTMA solo competition at Binghamton University in October 2007. During the past few years the Empire Saxophone Quartet has been a guest performance group at the National Saxophone Conference in Montreal, Canada; performed with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC; with the Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble and the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. Lucas has done several arrangements for the Empire Saxophone Quartet, including quartet accompaniments for the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. Recordings include "Escape to the Center" ,"Winter Branches" (music by David Kechley), and "Classic Saxophone" with the Empire Saxophone Quartet; "Music from the Biltmore Estate" (works by Caryl Florio) with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet,; The Saxophone Sinfonia" and "Holiday Homecoming" with the Saxophone Sinfoniea; and "The Original All-American Sousa" (Delos Label) with the New Sousa Band.

Last Updated: 9/9/16