Abigail Lyon is excited to return once again to the 2020 Crossmen brass staff!She started her drum corps career in 2004 with Carolina Crown, where she marched for five years. She spent four seasons on the leadership team, performed in the corps’s small ensembles, and was featured in the quartet for the 2007 show Triple Crown. In 2010, Abby interned with the Carolina Crown brass staff under Matt Harloff, and, after 4 years away from DCI to complete her graduate work, she returned to teach with the Troopers brass staff in 2015. In 2016, Abby joined the Crossmen brass staff and has been a part of the team ever since.
Abby holds a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music in trombone performance and Teaching Certificate from the University of Tennessee. During her time at UT, Abby held the Graduate Teaching Assistant position for the trombone studio under Dr. Daniel Cloutier for two years and was the Pride of the Southland Marching Band GTA under Dr. Gary Sousa for one semester.
After graduating from UT, Abby settled down in Knoxville, TN, to start her family and begin her career as the Assistant Band Director at Jefferson County High School. In addition to working with the concert band, her teaching responsibilities include directing the marching band, winter guard, indoor drumline, and percussion ensemble, as well as leading 5th grade band and assisting with the area middle schools.
When not teaching band, Abby founded and directs the Knoxville Youth Trombone Choir. The KYTC gives opportunities to students from Knoxville and the surrounding area that include performing with the University of Tennessee Trombone Choir, traveling to the American Trombone Workshop, and performing concerts in and around the Knoxville Area. Abby also performs with Brasswood Duo, a trombone and marimba duo, with her father, Rick Puzzo. Brasswood Duo has performed in Arizona, Texas, Virginia, and Tennessee and is planning more tours for the future.
In her spare time, Abby enjoys going on walks and hikes with her husband Devin, an attorney with Arnett, Draper, and Hagood, LLP, and her 1-year-old son, Everett.