Music and Theatre
Dr. Gary Grant
Dr. Gary S. Grant, Department Chair and Professor of Music Education, has been a faculty member of Edinboro University since 1993, serving as Director of Bands (1993-2002) and Music Department Chair for 16 years. He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Conducting and PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining the Edinboro faculty, Dr. Grant was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His responsibilities at Edinboro include teaching music methodology, conducting, arranging, brass class, First Year Experience courses, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Grant is active as a clinician and adjudicator for Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands throughout the US and Canada. While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, he researched the use of technology in the classroom, and has presented numerous technology related lectures and presentations on and off campus. Some of the areas include using the iPad as a teaching tool, website design and creation, and on-line teaching.
He has twice been a finalist for the Edinboro University Educator of the Year award (2010, 2014) and twice nominated to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers". Dr. Grant received the 2005 Edinboro University Advisor of the Year award in recognition for his contributions towards a student-centered learning environment. PHI MU ALPHA Sinfonia awarded him the prestigious Orpheus Award in 2009 for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.
Co-coordinator of the Scotland Study Abroad Program with Dr. Tim Thompson, Dr. Grant has traveled to Scotland four times, teaching 'Music of the British Isles'. Originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs, he lives in Edinboro with his wonderful wife and amazing dogs.
Chuck Lute is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinboro University, where he directs the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band, teaches Highland Percussion and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and has been the director of the University Community Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, his Master in Music Education degree, and his Secondary Principals Certification from Edinboro University. He also has taught high school instrumental music in the Erie School District for 35 years.
Chuck has presented numerous clinics throughout the district on marching band and has arranged marching band drills for bands through out the tri-state area. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, the New York Federation of Contest Judges and has judged with the Ontario Drum Corps Judges Association. He also adjudicates for Drum Corps Associates and Drum Corps International. His marching bands have won consistently at local, regional and national marching events, having won the 1991 BOA Grand Nationals Class A Championships.
Chuck serves on the board of directors for Jazz Erie and is chairman of the education committee, is on the advisory board for Friends of Music at Edinboro University, and is on the Erie Philharmonic Education Board. Chuck has served as co-director of the Jazz Erie All-star Band having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Professor Howard Lyon is a member of the Erie Philharmonic and concertmaster emeritus of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He coaches the Erie Jr Philharmonic String Ensemble and teaches strings at Edinboro University.
Prior to Erie, he played in the Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo Symphonies and was a founding member of the Olivet Chamber Music Players. He holds a degree in applied music from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
He also enjoys playing in the Lake Erie String Quartet at many special events in the region.
Sean Patrick Regan (SPR) is a third-generation bagpiper. A student of his father, Patrick Regan, SPR completed a degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) with the Bagpipe as his primary instrumental focus at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After teaching at the middle/high school level and privately for several years, he has returned to higher education as the Pipe Band Director at Edinboro, and is concurrently pursuing the Master of Music in Bagpipe Performance at Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Regan has been at the top of American solo bagpipe competition for over a decade, and is a former national and world solo piping champion. He has played in pipe bands at the Midwest, North American, Canadian, European, and World Pipe Band championships, winning the Midwest and Canadian championships. He has taught as a guest instructor at the College of Piping, in Glasgow, and currently instructs the Balmoral Pipes & Drums and the Grand Prairie Firefighters Pipes & Drums. He competes actively as a member of both the Balmoral P&D and the Carnegie Mellon University Pipe Band, and performs nationally with The Rogues, “America’s Celtic Band.”
SPR is featured as a soloist and ensemble member on several albums, including “A Band Transformed”(2006), by Steel Thistle Pipes & Drums, “Début”(2011), by The Great Lakes Pipe Band, “An Afternoon on the Pipes”(in post-production), by himself, “Chimera X”(2013), through Edinboro University, “That’s Too Bad”(2018), with Apologetix, and most recently “25… and LIVE!”(2019), with The Rogues. Additionally, he is published in “The Voice,” the quarterly publication of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, as a correspondent on bagpipe education. He is sponsored in part by Lindsey Bagpipes Company, Lone Star Piper, and the Saint Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh.
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Mrs. Diann Smith is a 1998 graduate of Edinboro University, and is thrilled to be back directing the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band. Diann has been teaching K-4 general music at General McLane School District since 1998. She has been an assistant band director for the past twenty-one years, with assignments at Fort LeBoeuf High School, General McLane High School, and Mercyhurst University. Diann is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges and holds a Master’s Equivalency in Music Education as well as a Master of Science in Educational Development and Strategies. Mrs. Smith loves this snowy town where she lives with her family and her dog, Biscuit.
LeAnne Wistrom has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral flutist across the eastern United States. As a featured artist, she has performed with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, the Luzerne Chamber Players, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony, and she is currently principal flutist of the Erie Philharmonic and performs with the flute-oboe-harpsichord trio Cembaulos.
Ms. Wistrom is Instructor of Music at Edinboro University. Other faculty appointments include the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, the University of Akron, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Her students have been prizewinners in state, Eastern Division and National competitions. The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association awarded Teacher of the Year honors to Ms. Wistrom; she has served as master class teacher and adjudicator. She is listed in a number of “Who’s Who” publications. Ms. Wistrom is Director of the Edinboro University Community Music School.