Phone: (918) 899-5834
Jeff retired in 2011 after 28 years of teaching band in Oklahoma, primarily in Bartlesville and Pryor. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. During his 19 year tenure in Bartlesville, his bands earned nine State Sweepstakes awards, were selected to perform as an honor band at the state music convention, and took the band overseas to Europe twice on concert tours. He is a third generation band director and between himself, his father, and his grandfather have given over 110 years of teaching band to Oklahoma students. Jeff is also a past president of the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association and a past chairman of the Oklahoma All-State band. His professional affiliations include the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, NAME, Phi Beta Mu, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Lawless is also a very active professional percussionist performing with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Orchestra, and Amici New York Orchestra every summer at the OK Mozart Festival. He has been lucky to perform with such notable musicians as Itzah Pearlman, Doc Severinsen, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Jean Pierre Rampal, and James Galway.
Jeff has been married to his wife Laura (a HS Math teacher) for nearly 40 years. They have two children, Jenny & Adam, and 3 grandchildren, Jackson, Jentry, & James.
Jeff was named MVP of Palen Music Center in 2013.