Albert L. Lilly, III , DM.
Assistant Professor 
Assistant Director of Band

(317) 955-6176
Steffen Music Center



Dr. Albert Lilly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), a Master of Music degree from Jordan College/Conservatory of Music at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), and a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN).  He currently serves as the instructor of trumpet and horn at Marian University (Indianapolis, IN), and works with more that 20 high school and collegiate band programs throughout the country as arranger, consultant, or program coordinator. Bands he has directed or arranged for have won 19 state, circuit, or association titles, and literally hundreds of best music and best general effect awards.  His work as an arranger is widely respected throughout the country. Dr. Lilly previously worked with programs including those at Carmel High School (Carmel, IN) and Martinsville High School (Martinsville, IN).

Dr. Lilly has been a member of the Central States Judges Association since 1994, and has served Music Caption Head from 2002-2016.  He has judged state or circuit finals in more than fifteen states.  He was named the 2004 winner of the association’s “Whatever It Takes” award, traditionally given to the member who has done the most above and beyond the call of duty for the association.  In 2014, He was named as a member of the Central States Judges Association Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for the select few of CSJA who have done and given the most to the organization, to adjudication, and to the marching activity.  Dr. Lilly has also served as music caption consultant for the Florida Marching Band Tournament, and consulted on adjudication sheet design for many marching circuits.  Al also judges for WGI in the WGI Winds division, a winter indoor marching competition designed for full wind sections in the indoor performance area.

Dr. Lilly has served as a member of the artist-faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, and adjudicates state solo contest for ISSMA frequently.  He also serves ISSMA as a member of the brass listing revision committee, selecting new works for the state solo competition list.  Dr. Lilly teaches private music lesson to more than 30 students, and adjudicates concert festivals and competitions for the Indiana State School Music Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Mid-States Band Association.

 As a trumpeter, Dr. Lilly has served at the principal trumpet of the Lafayette (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Greencastle (IN) Chamber Orchestra, the Wabash College Chamber Symphony (Crawfordsville, IN), the Bach Chorale Chamber Orchestra (Lafayette, IN), the Indianapolis (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bloomington (IN) Symphony Orchestra, and has a long list guest and substitute appearances with orchestras throughout the United States from San Francisco to New York, and many other locations. He currently serves as principal trumpet for the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra (Avon, IN) as part of the Hendricks Symphonic Society (Avon, IN).  He previously served as President of the Board of Directors for the society.  He has also performed as a guest soloist with many wind ensembles, jazz ensembles and orchestras.  His trumpet work can be heard on National Public Radio, ESPN, and CBS Records, in addition to his substantial commercials and jingles work in the Indianapolis, Greencastle, and Terre Haute (IN) radio and television markets.

 Dr. Lilly is currently an artist/clinician for the Vincent Bach Corporation, a division of the Conn/Selmer Corporation of Elkhart, IN.  He offers presentations on brass instruments, assists customers with instrument selection and combinations of elements, and offers advice to those interested in Bach Brass instruments.  He also performs exclusively on Vincent Bach trumpets as part of his many performances.  To protect those instruments, he uses and endorses Torpedo Bags, a superb American-made case designed and created with all-America made part that s made in Minnesota.  In addition to his trumpet work, Dr. Lilly is also an accomplished percussionist, and is a member of the Scholastic Educator Program with the Vic Firth Company. 

 Dr. Lilly is Calendar Editor for the International Trumpet Guild, and holds membership in the International Trumpet Guild, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Pi Lambda Theta.  Both the Chancellor’s List and the National Dean’s List have honored him for his superb work in music scholarship and research. Dr. Lilly lives on the family farm near Martinsville, IN with his wife Vicki and their Bichon Frisè, Josie.


  • Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), May 1986.
    • Majors: Music and Economics and Management
    • Minor: Music Composition
  • Master of Music degree from Butler University Jordan College/Conservatory of Music (Indianapolis, IN), May 1988.
    • Major: Trumpet Performance
    • Minor: Music Composition, Conducting
  • Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN), December 2004.
    • Major: Brass Pedagogy and Literature, Trumpet Performance
    • Minors: Jazz Studies and Music Area Studies (Music Theory and Music History in combined minor)
    • Dissertation: “A Survey and Comparison of Orchestration Manual Entries and the Orchestral Literature of the Flugelhorn.”

Courses taught

  • MUL 100, 200, 300 and 400 – Applied Music Lessons (Trumpet)
  • MUL 102, 202, 302 and 402 – Applied Music Lessons (Horn)
  • MUS 103 – University Band


  • Member, International Trumpet Guild (1982-present)
  • Member, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (1983-present)
  • Member, Pi Kappa Lambda (1991-present)
  • Member, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) (1994-present)
  • Hall of Fame Member, Central States Judges Association (1996-present)
  • Music Caption Consultant, Florida Marching Band Coalition (FMBC) (2003-2008)
  • Member, Pi Lambda Theta (2004-present)
  • Member, Indiana Bandmaster’s Association (2008-present)
  • Member, College Music Society (2008-present)
  • Adjudicator, WGI Winds Division (2014-present)

Research interests / portfolio

  • Marching Band Design
  • The Flugelhorn and Orchestral Literature
  • Brass Instrument Mutes
  • Music Arranging and Composition


  • Lilly, Albert. (1998-present) Quarterly Calendar Article. International Trumpet Guild Journal.

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