Dreadnaught Band Staff 2021-2022
Director of Bands
Mr. Luke H. Hart
Mr. Luke H. Hart serves as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Lakeland Senior High School where his teaching responsibilities include the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensembles, and The Dreadnaught Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Lakeland, he spent seven years as Director of Bands at Lake Region High School. Mr. Hart’s concert and jazz bands have consistently earned Superior ratings at District Music Performance Assessments earning the Robert O. Lampi Memorial Award on several occasions. Mr. Hart is also an Adjunct Faculty member of Polk State College, instructing the applied saxophone and clarinet studios. He performs regularly with the Hollingsworth Winds and holds the principal chair of the saxophone section. Mr. Hart received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida Southern College and is pursuing his Masters of Music Education from the University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include The Florida Bandmaster's Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, North American Saxophone Alliance, and The National Association for Music Education. Mr. Hart serves the Florida Band Masters Association as the District 12 Secretary. He resides in Lakeland with his wife Erin and daughter, Madelyn.
Morgan Cook fell in love with the sport of twirling at the age of 7. She began competing competitively at the local, state, and national level at 10 years old. After graduating high school, she then took her twirling to the collegiate level and attended the University of South Florida as a Feature Twirler with the Herd of Thunder Marching Band from 2013-2016. During those years, she brought her twirling to the Miss Florida stage and had the honor of serving as the 2019 Miss Polk County where she placed in the top 10 at the Miss America preliminary pageant. She now works within the broadcasting field as a Digital Media Broadcaster for a digital news outlet. Morgan enjoys sharing her passion for baton twirling and continuing the long standing majorette traditions.
Brandon Lopez is a well-versed musician and educator from Polk County, Florida. He began his musical career performing as a student at Lakeland High School. His passion for the marching arts led him to Lake Gibson High School where he joined the marching band staff as a percussion instructor. During this time, he also worked with several local percussion programs at the junior and senior high school levels. In 2016, he returned to LHS as the Assistant Percussion Instructor for the Dreadnaught Marching Band.
Color Guard Instructor