Professor of Percussion, Director of Percussion Studies
John Lane is an artist whose creative work and collaborations extend through percussion to poetry/spoken word and theater. As a performer, he has appeared on stages throughout the Americas, Australia, and Japan. Recent credits include performances at the 9E2 Festival of Art and Science in Seattle, Hokuto International Music Festival in Japan, Percusión en Escena International Percussion Festival in Bogotâ, Colombia, as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Panama, and as a featured international guest artist at the Antarctica Music Festival at the Australian National University.
John is active in the Percussive Arts Society, serving on the New Music/Research Committee and as a reviewer for Percussive Notes. John has performed and presented a number of times at the the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). John and percussionist Terry Longshore co-hosted the Focus Day for New Music in 2014: Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation.
Lungta, his trumpet/percussion duo with trumpeter Amanda Pepping, is dedicated to creating original works and a personal repertoire based largely on collaborations with artists of various disciplines.
Commissioning new works and interdisciplinary collaborations are integral to John's work. Over the last few years, he has been connected with a number of composers including Peter Garland, Mark Applebaum, Yo Goto, Emiliano Pardo, Mara Helmuth, Christopher Deane, John Luther Adams, Kyle Gann, Michael Byron, Wen Hui Xie, Kazuaki Shiota and David Farrell. John has several on-going collaborations with writer Ann McCutchan, poets Nick Lantz and Todd Boss, percussionist Allen Otte, visual artist Pat Alexander, visual/multi-media artist John Roach, and has created original music for choreographer/dancer Hilary Bryan and granite sculptor Jesús Moroles.
John has presented clinics and masterclasses on topics including contemporary music, orchestral percussion, instrument design/building, and jazz drumset at the following institutions/venues: PASIC, Midwest Clinic, Danilo Perez Jazz Foundation, National Institute of Culture in Panama, Texas Music Educator's Association Convention (TMEA), Texas Band Master's Association Convention, Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion (Wyoming, Louisiana, and Texas), Louisiana State University, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, Chico State University, Southern Oregon University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Hawaii, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Mississippi.
John has recorded for the Klavier and GIA record labels with the North Texas Wind Symphony and can be heard on the television series, Wyoming Voices (produced by Wyoming Public Television). Articles, interviews, and educational writing have been published in Windsong, 21st-Century Music, Texas Band Master's Review and Percussive Notes.
Currently, John is the Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Percussion at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He taught previously at the University of Wyoming and held fellowships at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.
He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University.