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, Kevin and I agree to take the day off, so no mixing work today. Doug calls up and invites me to church, so I meet the Walter family at First Presbyterian Boulder at 9:30. After the service, there is a Sunday School class going through the history of Philosophy and relating to religion.

In the afternoon we go to Chautauqua Park for a belated celebration of Doug's wife Barbara's birthday. Delightful place, at the base of the Flatirons, we enjoy a picnic and conversation with some other friends from church until a thunderstorm moving in over the mountains chases us away.

When I get back to my hotel, I have a message from DrummerCafe member Robyn, who lives nearby, inviting me over for dinner. How can I pass up a home-cooked meal after 2 weeks of restaurant food? I get to meet her husband Martin and 10 year old son Eric, over hamburgers, fresh picked green beans and corn on the cob. Later, the educator in me comes out, as I can't stop myself from giving her a mini-lesson on drums. 

Back at the hotel, a few more hours of listening to raw tracks, taking editing notes for tomorrow's day-long session Kevin and I have planned.