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.

Time for the group to part. Most of the group is flying back today. I start the morning packing up my stuff to move out of Doug's house and give his son Gabe his room back. I'll be moving into Dan's room at the Golden Buff Lodge for 4 more days to work with recording engineer Kevin Harbison on the editing.  Dan, David and I have a last breakfast together at the hotel, to discuss the upcoming post production process. I'm taking these two to the airport this morning. Rich is going a little later and will take Bart, since he has a later flight. It's been a very tough week with some very tired percussionists, but we've accomplished what we set out to do, and it looks like it's going to be a very fine product. Hugs and handshakes and goodbyes at the airport, then I'm driving back to Boulder, already listening to the raw takes on my van CD player.

Kevin and I work for 3 hours Friday afternoon, and manage to get the editing and mixing done on Tortoise/Hare and Doctor/Deacon. We feel like that's a pretty good start. Tomorrow Kevin is busy all day, so we won't get together again until 7:00pm and go until our ears are too tired to hear clearly. Back in my hotel room, I'm listening to more tracks, making decisions about cuts and editing for tomorrow.