Student Spotlight: Lyle Luckett |

Student Spotlight: Lyle Luckett

Lyle Luckett, a 17-year-old senior at Roaring Fork High School, plays in his high school band as well as his rock and roll group, Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers.
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Roaring Fork High School senior Lyle Luckett has loved music for as long as he can remember, and he shares his talents by playing in his high school band as well as a rock and roll group, Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers, formed by himself and two friends.

Luckett shared with the Post Independent how he started playing music, what his favorite part of being a drummer is and what his future may hold.

Post Independent: When did you first get interested in music?

Lyle Luckett: I was always interested in music, ever since I was born. I like to think that it’s because my parents had good taste when I was in the womb. I started playing drums when I was around 6 or 7 and then got more into piano later in life around the age of 12.

PI: Tell me about when you started playing instruments.

LL: Well, when I was young I used to bang on just about anything that was in the house. Soon after, my parents bought me a drum kit. I think it was because they didn’t want me to break anything.

PI: What do you like about playing in band at your high school?

LL: I joined the school band as a freshman. I love band because it offers me a break in between my really hard academic classes that I am taking. Through band I have learned tons about classical and jazz music that I would not have learned any other way.

PI: Tell me a little about Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers.

LL: I formed Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers with my good friend and bass player Matthew Palomino around three years ago. I love that band because we play really loud, and I am able to hit hard and let it all out.

PI: Do you have any plans in place for after you graduate?

LL: I’m not certain about my plans after I graduate, but I know that I will continue music for the rest of my life, and hopefully I can make a career out of it.

PI: In general, what do you love about music?

LL: I love music because it brings people together and acts as a common bond. You can bring the two most different people together over one song. It is truly a communal art form.

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