Drumlines Faculty

Marcus Myers
Artistic Director

Marcus Myers found his love and passion for music in a small church located outside of Philadelphia. At a young age, it was apparent that music would play a significant part in his life, and from that point on he immersed himself in every musical activity available to him. During his undergrad studies at University Of The Arts, with a concentration in percussion, his classical and gospel training fused with Jazz and shaped his musical style today.

 

Whether playing Jazz, Americana rock, or Hip hop, his versatility and ability to speak that musical language authentically landed him touring with international music groups quickly after college.  He has traveled the world performing with powerhouses such as Kirk Whalum, Reilly, Randy Brecker, Adam Blackstone, and world-renown bassist, Gerald Veasley.  From playing festivals in Europe to performing in South Africa, he now sees music from a world view.

 

In the fall of 2011 Marcus suffered an accident that forced him to take a break from playing music and which brought about a deep reflection and maturation. Marcus’ musical redirection birthed a new outlook and purpose: due to his inability to play at the time, Marcus began to compose, which became the launching pad to forming his group. While still being a sideman for an eclectic and esteemed group of musical talents his group is three albums later, with its latest album charted fifteen on its debut.  In the spring of 2020, he accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Musicopia Drumlines. He is ecstatic to share his experiences and to invest back into the community that helped shape who he is today.

Please enjoy this open letter from Marcus.

Alex Lukens
Drumlines Manager

Alex Lukens has been with Musicopia since 2018. He had the pleasure of being the Site Director, show designer, and music writer for Musicopia Drumlines' Hill-Freedman Academy percussion program. In addition to Hill-Freedman, Alex is currently the director of the Musicopia Royals, comprised of the most talented and dedicated students from the Musicopia Drumlines programs. He has been teaching and designing percussion programs for over 10 years and has over 15 years of experience as a performer. Alex's experience includes 4 years as a marching member of the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle corps. He has also had the pleasure of performing and writing for the Official Philadelphia Eagles drumline for 3 years. (S'go birds!) When not teaching, Alex owns and operates LotHype.com, a website dedicated to providing services to the marching arts community. Born and raised in the area, Alex went to Spring-Ford HS in Royersford, PA and credits his former drumline instructors with major formative roles in his life to this day.

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