Luke Aylsworth

Luke Aylsworth is currently the Director of Bands at Springs Valley Jr./Sr. High School in French Lick, IN.  Luke is a third generation band director. For over seventy years, there has been an Aylsworth as the Director of Bands in French Lick, IN. Luke’s father John and grandfather Gilbert also held the same position.

Luke is a percussion arranger, show designer, clinician, and consultant for several programs across the nation. His  bands have placed in the top five at the Indiana State Music Association State Marching Band Finals

since 2006 including two ISSMA Class D State Championships (2010 & 2016) and five State Championship Runner-Up finishes (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). In 2009, The Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade was a Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist and placed 3rd in Class A.

In winter percussion, Luke’s ensembles have been a state finalist every year they have competed in the Indiana Percussion Association and TriStates circuits. The ensemble competes in the Percussion Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) class and has earned top five finishes including two Bronze Medals and two Silver Medal finishes. In 2013, the ensemble was promoted to Percussion Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) where they finished fifth. In 2014, the ensemble was the Indiana Percussion Association PSCA State Champion Runner-Up. In 2015, the ensemble was the TriStates PSCA Champion.  

In 2012, 2014 and 2015, the Springs Valley Band Department was designated as one of the best communities for music education in the United States by the NAMM Foundation. The ensemble also received the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award in 2014 and 2015. In addition, Springs Valley was a Grammy Foundation Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2013. The band has been recognized for artistry, hard work, and musical excellence by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (former Indiana Governor). In 2014, Luke was awarded the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award.

Luke has a Master’s of Science in Music Technology and a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Indiana University. While at IU, Luke studied with Gerald Carlyss, Wilbur England, James Strain, and Jim Ancona.

Luke has arrangements and compositions published by Tapspace Publications, Row-Loff Productions., Hober Reber Productions, and CounterMotion Marching Designs. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the D'Addario (Evans Drumheads) Education Collective. Luke is also the Technical Support Administrator for Tapspace.

This arrangement explores the possibilities of a modern percussion ensemble in a classical music context. It incorporates several musical styles ranging from fast and technically demanding to lyrical, sustained.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Advanced