Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Lucas Sanchez enjoys a multi-faceted career as a percussionist, timpanist, and teacher. In 2017, he was appointed principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra by Robin Fountain. Sanchez has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony. In 2014, Sanchez toured the United States playing timpani with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Sanchez is as comfortable in front of the orchestra as he is behind it; he has appeared as a soloist with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the Shepherd School Percussion Ensemble. In 2017, he was awarded second place in the first timpani concerto competition at the Aspen Music Festival with William Kraft’s Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra. In 2018, Sanchez was awarded second place and audience favorite in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition at the Texas Music Festival with Johann Carl Christian Fischer’s Symphony with 8 Obbligato Timpani.
Lucas Sanchez received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University under the tutelage of Richard Brown and Matthew Strauss, where he was awarded the 2016 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Sallie Shepherd Prize for Best Achievement in Music. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami as a Henri Mancini Orchestra Fellow, studying with Matthew Strauss and Svetoslav Stoyanov.
In this series of videos, Palm Beach Symphony's principal timpani player Lucas Sanchez explores fundamentals for timpani tuning, holding mallets and playing rolls, snare drum techniques, and fun scale exercises for mallet instruments.