Dr. Lucas Munce, Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Jazz Saxophone, is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. As a prior member of the United States Air Force, he has given nearly a decade to military service as lead alto saxophonist in both the USAF Academy Falconaires, and the prestigious Airmen of Note in Washington D.C. He has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, both performing and conducting master classes. In 2011, he received the DownBeat Magazine Award for Graduate College Outstanding Performance by a Jazz Soloist. Lucas has studied clarinet with Professor Dan Silver at the University of Colorado, and the late Ed Cabarga of the National Symphony. He holds Masters Degrees in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2016 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder. Dr. Munce is a relative newcomer to Acadiana, but has already cultivated a strong affinity for the delicious boudin blanc. Not surprisingly, his dog has as well.