65 Member Orchestra in Sunrise, Florida
Lisanne Lyons’ career began immediately following high school as the featured vocalist for the Air Force Bands. During her years in the service she performed and traveled worldwide with the “Norad Command Band, ”Travis AF “Band of the Golden Gate,” and the U.S. Air Force Academy “Falconaires.” She received her Bachelors, Master of Music, and Doctorate in Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As a student, she received two Down Beat “Dee Bee” awards for Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Jazz Arrangement, and one for directing the Best Small Jazz Vocal Group. She was also invited to be a featured performer with Joel Grey on the NBC televised Orange Bowl half-time show and following school Cy Coleman selected her to replace Monica Mancini in the national touring company of his Tony award winning “City of Angels.”
Dr. Lyons has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Elgart, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Roanoke Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, Grand Rapids Symphony, Southwest Pops Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Las Olas Studio Orchestra, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Sunrise Pops, Ars Flores Orchestra, Gene Krupa Orchestra, XL Big Band in Sweden, Harry James Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, and various bands across the country. She has also performed with many of the worlds top jazz artists such as Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, Don Braden, Jim Pugh, Harold Jones, Dave Berkman, Eliane Elias, Claudia Acuna, Bucky Pizzerelli, Gary Burton, Kevin Mahagony, Brian Lynch, and many others.
Lisanne has recorded two solo CD’s, “Right as the Rain,” and “Smile,” with the John Toomey trio. “Smile” was met with critical praise including the Washington Post and Cadence magazine. She is in demand as a performer, adjudicator, arranger, and conductor. She is currently director and founder of the jazz vocal program at Florida International State University.