Larry Lawless

Larry Lawless, founder of the Lawless Percussion and Jazz Ensemble, has been involved in music education for over 35 years, as a high school and junior high band director, private lesson teacher, clinician, drum and bugle corps caption head, and university instructor. His former students can be found in teaching positions and performing venues across the country. He has been a featured clinician for schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa and the Texas Music Educators and Texas Bandmasters Conventions. From 1999 to 2013, Larry served as the Associate Band Director/ Percussion Specialist for Stephenville ISD in Stephenville, Texas. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition and Percussion from the University of Nebraska.

Mr. Lawless endorses Encore Mallets and Sabian Cymbals. He is the former President of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and in 2008 was named Outstanding Chapter President.

As the time for our recording session grows near, final preparations are being handled. Airplane flights booked, hotel rooms reserved, rehearsal and recording schedules, phone conferences with the members of this far-flung group, the recording engineer and the producer. This is quite an undertaking to put together a project where the members are spread across the United States – Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. We won’t really know what we’ve got until we meet in 10 days in Boulder, Colorado for our first rehearsal. The music has been ready for months. Now is the discipline of individual practice, last minute revisions, lots of time spent "behind bars" – marimba and vibraphone bars, that is, woodshedding our parts.

I leave for Colorado in one week, the advance scout to blaze the trail. As I head out, I’ll describe the journey, both the physical drive to Boulder, and the musical journey to the recording. As in any new venture, there is anticipation, nervousness, eagerness, fear of the unknown, and mostly the voices in my head asking, "are we there yet?".