Gregory Miles Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who focuses extensively on improvisation. He first picked up drumsticks at age 10, and at 12 had begun studying with Dr. Andrew Heglund, professor of drums and percussion at the University of Nevada, Reno. Today, Greg holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from UNR.
While in his undergrad, Greg was an active performer in the UNR Percussion Ensemble as well as Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Ralph Alessi. Greg was a recipient of the Barringer Music Scholarship, Millennium Scholarship, Loni Dee Yopp Music Scholarship, and Reno Jazz Orchestra Scholarship. Through this program, Greg has had lasting mentorships with jazz artists Adam Benjamin, Hans Halt, Peter Epstein, and Ralph Alessi.
Greg has extensive tour experience both in the U.S and internationally with his many projects including Rob Ford Explorer, Redfield Clipper, Vatican City Fight Club, and his own Greg Lewis Ensemble. He has collaborated with musicians including Ben Monder, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, and Clay Jenkins, among others. He resides in his home town of Reno, Nevada where he performs in distinguished ensembles including the Reno Jazz Syndicate, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Alongside his performing career, Greg is an established music educator, lecturer, and loves helping people of all ages reach their fullest potential.