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.

Today was the first full day of recording. Our schedule calls for us to get 3 songs done each day. This morning we started out with one I wrote, "The Doctor and The Deacon". This was originally a duet I did for Doug and I, we premiered it at the Yamaha Percussion Camp at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1995. Since then it has gone through many revisions, including the addition of a rhythm section. Although Doug and I have performed it several times, this is the first time it will be done with the full quintet parts, Doug on Vibes, me on marimba, David on MalletKat bass, Bart on set, and Rich on conga and percussion. Unlike all the other tunes we are doing, this one has the solos written out. My intention was to provide a vehicle for percussion students to be able to play a jazz solo who don't have improvisation skills.

After much experimentation with mic placement, and some extra rehearsal time, we manage to get this one recorded fairly easily. With a quick break for lunch at the CU student center dining area, famous for its Alferd Packer Grill, we'll continue with 2 more.