Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music,
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Teaches: Drum Set, Percussion, Timpani
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lucas Sanchez enjoys a multi-faceted career as a percussionist, timpanist, and teacher. Mr. Sanchez currently performs with the Palm Beach Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, the Florida Grand Opera, the Nu Deco Ensemble, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; in the past he has appeared with the Houston Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony.
Mr. Sanchez is as comfortable in front of the orchestra as he is behind it; he has appeared as a soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. In 2018, Lucas was awarded first place in the Frost Concerto Competition with Johann Carl Christian Fischer’s Symphony with 8 Obbligato Timpani.
As an educator, Mr. Sanchez maintains a private percussion studio in Miramar, Florida. He is an instructor for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony program and gives masterclasses at high schools and colleges in South Florida. After playing timpani with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, Lucas has enjoyed teaching the modern marching arts at local high schools.
Lucas began his studies in Albuquerque with Douglas Cardwell. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University under the tutelage of Richard Brown and Matthew Strauss, where he was awarded the 2016 Sallie Shepherd Prize for Best Achievement in Music.
Mr. Sanchez is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival, and was awarded full-tuition fellowships at both for 3 summers each. Lucas is currently writing his thesis for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, studying with Matthew Strauss, and Svetoslav Stoyanov.
During his free time, Lucas likes to play Nintendo video games. Some of his favorites include Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Mario. Someday, he hopes to start a Twitch stream focused on playing video game music!