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 is the day to get oriented to the city, make sure all the preparations are made, and gather the members together. I had breakfast at the Golden Buff Lodge where David, Bart, Rich, and Dan will be staying, then explored the Music building at the University. We will be rehearsing and recording in the Grusin Recital Hall, which has a fairly low ceiling, some concerns about how the acoustics will work out, but we have some ideas on how to deal with it.

That afternoon, I drove to Denver International Airport to pick up David and Bart (Rich is driving down from Minnesota). I had never met David before, only conversed on the phone and in emails, so there was an awkward moment when we wre looking at each other in baggage claim thinking "is that him?" After some introductions and a good time sharing stories, Bart's flight came in and we collected luggage and 2 crates of Bart's "toys" for the session. A frantic drive back to Boulder, dropped stuff off at the hotel, then on to Chautauqua Auditorium for the CMF Orchestra performance to watch Doug and Dan in their alter egos of Symphony musicians. It wasn't until intermission that we found Rich, so we're finally all in the same state, city, and building together. After the concert, we did a late night doing what percussionists do most of the time .... move equipment.