Ms. Lewis got her start in music on the clarinet in 5th grade band. However, she always felt like she was supposed to be a percussionist. She recalls seeing a girl playing the quads in drum line when she was a freshman in high school and thinking I picked the wrong instrument. Fortunately, later that year she had the chance to switch to percussion when the band director needed more players for the marching band pit ensemble. She quickly progressed at percussion and even decided to major in it in college.
Lacey Lewis holds a bachelors degree in percussion performance from Ouachita Baptist University. In her undergraduate studies Ms. Lewis concentrated on classical percussion such as marimba, xylophone, timpani, snare, and orchestral percussion. At Ouachita she marched snare and bass drum on the OBU Tiger marching band, performed in the selective Ouachita Wind Ensemble, and played auxiliary percussion in the jazz band. Also while at Ouachita she had the opportunity to study abroad for a year at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. There she concentrated on jazz vibraphone, mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano), and African music. She also played in a band with some fellow Americans and gigged around town.
After college she moved to Austin to work for AmeriCorps and immerse herself in the Austin music scene. She has had the pleasure of playing drums with the electronic band known as Panacea. Working with Panacea has improved her playing and musicality exponentially as well as introduced her to the beauty of electronic music. She is also honored to study with the excellent drummer, teacher, and producer Brian Sebastian. In addition she recently completed her masters in education/English to Speakers of Other Languages from at Concordia University.