Lucas Apostoleris is a drummer and composer from Massachusetts. He is a recent graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a member of its Studio Jazz Writing Master’s program. Lucas completed his Bachelor’s degree in jazz drum performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. While attending the University of Massachusetts, Lucas was selected as a drummer for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, an all-star big band of undergraduate and graduate students from the northeastern United States. With that ensemble, he performed alongside trumpeter Sean Jones—the band’s leader—at New York City’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in January 2015.
As a writer, Lucas has been awarded the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer in 2008 and 2009; he received an honorable mention in 2017. He was also the winner in the graduate division of the 40th Annual Downbeat Student Awards category of Best Original Composition (small group) in 2017. Previously, in 2013, Lucas was selected as one of five composers nationwide to be featured in the 2014 Jazz Educators’ Network Student Composition Showcase in Dallas, Texas.
Lucas continues to be an active composer/arranger. He recently completed arrangements for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Fort Myers, Florida, and for the prestigious Air Force jazz ensemble, Airmen of Note.