Luke Rivard

Luke Rivard is a Twin Cities-based musician committed to versatile and creative approaches to percussion. Equally in demand as a drum set player, auxiliary percussionist, educator, and clinician, Luke’s knowledge and experience has led him to work with some of the area’s finest musicians.

Luke can be heard performing with bands such as Black Market Brass and Porky’s Groove Machine, as well as Siama Matuzungidi, the Jolly Pops, Andreé Payares, Mill City Jazz, on various church worship teams, and more. While living in Milwaukee, Luke collaborated and performed with Caley Conway, Twin Brother, Monotaur, Jon Bayley, and Panadanza Dance Company. Luke released his first original EP, Riverbug, in 2016.

Luke received his B.A. in music performance from Lawrence University in 2015, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set, Brazilian drumming, Ewe drumming, and Afro-Cuban drumming. The Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble (known as LUPÉ) won the 2014 Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Competition under Luke’s direction as Student Director, as well as a Student Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance in the College Undergraduate Latin Jazz Ensemble category. Luke has studied in Ghana three times (2013, 2016, 2020), learning Ewe drum and dance at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, as well as traditional Lobi gyil xylophone with Ba-ere Yotere in Accra.

As an educator, Luke has been teaching private lessons for over a decade both as an independent teacher and through various institutions such as the Lawrence Academy of Music and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Luke has worked with over fifty schools and organizations in the Midwest as a guest artist and clinician, and was the director of Lawrence University’s Kinkaviwo Ensemble from 2016-17. Luke has led workshops for Third Coast Percussion, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Wisconsin Center for Music Education, the University School of Milwaukee, the Minnesota Boychoir, among many more. Luke held an artist-in-residency at Clear Springs Elementary School in Minnetonka, MN from 2018-2020 and teaches private lessons in the Twin Cities.

Aside from music, Luke enjoys spending time running, biking, hiking, reading, playing board games, and playing with legos. He loves plants and is currently pursuing an interest in the Japanese art of bonsai.


Luke is available for Drumset, Orchestral Percussion, West African Percussion, Latin Percussion, and Mallet Percussion lessons. 



Geographic areas served

Virtual lessons, in home lessons in a 10 miles radius of the South Minneapolis area, Luke’s studio near the University of Minnesota, and the Opus studios in New Hope and Robbinsdale.


  • $35 / half hour lesson
  • $70 / hour lesson
  • $5 more per in home lesson

Attendance Policy

If Luke is given two weeks or more notice of absence, the lesson will be completely refunded. If given 7-14 days notice of absence, the lesson will be refunded 50%. If given 7 days or less notice of absence, the lesson will not be refunded.