Lane is a passionate percussion educator that believes in the idea of a "total percussionist." His involvement in both marching percussion and concert percussion have influenced his teaching philosophy to one that encourages the development of a performer who is not only well rounded musically and technically, but is adaptable to any kind of music, and sensitive to every sound made.
Dr. Summerlin has led percussion ensembles and taught private lessons at both the middle/high school and collegiate levels. He has given clinics and master classes in multiple states across the country.
Lane's current teaching engagements include Rhythm X and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. To learn more about his work with these ensembles please see below. Dr. Summerlin also regularly teaches at Thomas Worthington High School (Worthington, Oh) where he works with both the percussion ensemble and the marching band.
Prior to joining the staff at the Crossmen, Lane worked as a front ensemble instructor for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (Casper, Wy) and Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (Greensboro, NC). From 2014-2015 Lane held the position of Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (Dubuque, Ia), where he went on to serve as the Percussion Caption Head in 2016.
The 2018 WGI season will be Lane's third year on staff at Rhythm X Inc. (Dayton, Oh), where he currently serves as the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the world-renowned PIW indoor percussion ensemble.
In addition to his involvement with Rhythm X front ensemble, Lane is also a clinician for The X Academy, a educational clinic series that uses the Rhythm X Inc. brand to influence thousands of students across the globe.
Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps
The 2018 season will be Dr. Summerlin's first year serving as the Assistant Percussion Caption Head and Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (San Antonio, Texas). In addition to working with the front ensemble, he also assists with the instruction of the full music ensemble. Lane joined the Crossmen staff in 2017.