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.

Ahh ... Colorado Springs in the morning. Up early enough to catch the amber pinks of the first morning sun on Pike's Peak. After a simple breakfast at the hotel of those do-it-yourself Belgian waffles, I spent some time exploring the town. I love old buildings (they remind me of my childhood) so I took the time to drive around Old Colorado City  and Manitou Springs before doing some nice hiking around the Garden of the Gods. ImageThese are huge red rock formations jutting precariously out the hills at the base of the mountain. Then it was time to head north to Boulder after a very brief visit to the Air Force Academy.

Boulder sits in a frying pan hollow at the base of the Flatirons, so my first view was coming over the hill into the valley. A very beautiful setting, it's a wonder any learning happens at the University. Doug tells me it has been known as Ski U, too tempting to go to the mountains instead of class.

I found a coffee shop in Boulder (not a difficult task, there's one on every corner) and had a quick sandwich and cup o' Joe before heading out to Louisville, where Doug lives. A great time of reunion, remembering old stories, catching up on the latest things our kids were doing, then Doug and family went to his performance with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. I stayed at the house and got some much needed practice time in. Later, when Doug came home, we went through a few of the tunes together. This is starting to get very exciting. Tomorrow, we meet up with the rest of the gang ...