James (Fuller) Lyon, IV
Interim Assistant Professor of Bands
University of Tennessee
School of Music
227B Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Dr. Fuller Lyon is excited to serve as the Interim Assistant Director of Bands at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. His duties include working with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, conducting the Concert Band, and teaching courses in undergraduate conducting, instrumental brass methods, and marching band techniques.
Prior to his return to Knoxville, Dr. Lyon served as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri, assisting with Marching Mizzou, Mini Mizzou, conducting the Symphonic Band and University Band, teaching undergraduate conducting and marching band techniques, and coordinating all special events hosted by the MU Band program, including Band Day, Champion of Champions marching festival, and the Homecoming Parade competition. He also served as the tubist in the Mizzou Faculty Brass Quintet.
Dr. Lyon graduated with his DMA and Master’s degrees in wind conducting from LSU and his Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee. As a Graduate Assistant at LSU, he conducted all three concert ensembles, the Bengal Brass Pep Band, assisted with the Golden Band from Tigerland, and also served as a tubist in both the LSU Wind Ensemble and the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. In addition to his Graduate Assistant duties, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the LSU Performing Arts Academy Youth Wind Ensemble for two years. Dr. Lyon has studied conducting with Donald McKinney, Carlos Riazuelo, Gary Sousa, and Don Ryder, and tuba with Joe Skillen, Robert Nunez, Joe Hebert, Sande MacMorran, and the late Neil Tidwell.
During his previous tenure at UT, he served as Drum Major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band for two years (1998 and 1999) and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sport management. After completing his Master’s degree in 2001, he spent the next seven years on staff with the UT Band program, and performed in both the Old City Brass Quintet and Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band.
Besides designing for UT’s Pride of the Southland, Dr. Lyon has been a drill designer for such groups as Marching Mizzou, the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland, the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band, the Missouri State University Pride Band, and the Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band. The Madison Scout alumnus has been on the brass staffs of both the Cavaliers and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Dr. Lyon is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Education Association, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
- DMA in conducting – Louisiana State University (2014)
- MM in conducting – Louisiana State University (2012)
- BM in music education – University of Tennessee (2010)
- MS in sport management – University of Tennessee (2001)
- BS in sport management – University of Tennessee (2000)