Dr. Sam L. Lussier
Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music
Email: Slussier@dadeschools.net

“I am proud to be tasked with continuing the tradition of excellence in the music performance at Varela’’ (Since Fall 2011 to Present)

I direct the Band of Mystery Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Jazz Band, Beginning Band, Chorus, and teach Dual-Enrollment (FIU) Music Appreciation and Evolution of Jazz. Executive Board Member Topsy – Big Band Arrangement – (Alfred Music Publishing) What a Wonderful World – Big Band Arrangement – (Alfred Music Publishing) All the Things You Are – Big Band Arrangement – (Alfred Music Publishing) Wall of Denial – Big Band Arrangement – (Alfred Music Publishing)

I have been a professional musician for 39 years, and a music educator for 27. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Concentration Music) from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Music (Studio Jazz Writing) from the University of Miami, and a Doctor of Education (Curriculum & Instruction/Instructional Leadership) from Florida International University. I served a total of 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a trumpet player, pianist, and arranger.

I am the former Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville State University (Alabama) & Florida International University; and the former Director of Instrumental Music at the Academy of Arts and Minds Charter High School.

My experience is extensive in the music industry from Professional-Commercial Performances (Trumpet), to Theater-Classical ensembles, National-International Performances, Military ensembles, Professional Jazz-Dance Orchestras, sound recordings and research.

I am proudly serving in my 9th year here at Varela and I will continue to do my best to raise the quality of the Varela Music Program to new heights.