Dr. Luckey, woodwinds repair technician and doubler on all woodwinds, taught instrumental music at both the secondary and university levels for 43 years before retiring from UL Lafayette in December 2015 where he served as the saxophone professor and Director of Jazz Studies for 28 years. Having earned his BS in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Duquesne University, he went on to earn a doctorate in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in jazz and Afro-American music from the University of Pittsburgh. He is widely known as a saxophone performer in both the classical and jazz styles. Also, Dr. Luckey is internationally recognized as an author of books for the serious saxophonist. His Saxophone Altissimo book (Olympia Music Publishing 1992) is recognized throughout the world as a major contribution to saxophone literature.
Shortly after his arrival at UL Lafayette in 1986 as the new Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Luckey enhanced his existing skills in woodwind repair by apprenticing with Roger Wattam at LSU and Steve Goodson in New Orleans. His woodwind repair service, Olympia Music LLC, has become recognized throughout Louisiana as a premium shop for exceptional woodwind repair. Dr. Luckey and his son, Robert J. Luckey, share the repair duties. Robert J. was a jazz saxophone major at UL Lafayette, where he sharpened his playing skills. As a first call saxophonist in southern Louisiana recording studios, his artistry can be heard on numerous CD's. He is an owner and tenor saxophonist with the band Three Thirty Seven.
All Terrebonne High School and Houma Junior High School school owned woodwind instruments are repaired by Olympia Music LLC. Students may choose to send their personal instrument here for quality upkeep and repair.