I am a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and was a student of Adolph Herseth, legendary principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.
I have been principal trumpet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1993 and have performed as a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. I have been featured on CBC Radio in performances of trumpet concertos by Malcolm Forsyth, Johnny Cowell and R. Murray Schafer.
In May, 2009, I performed the world premiere of Scott Good’s “between the rooms: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra” with the KWS and in 2010, I released my first solo CD of music for trumpet and harp, Divertissement, with harpist Lori Gemmell.
In addition to performances of the classical repertoire I have developed 10 critically-acclaimed Pops programmes for orchestra with conductor/trombonist David Martin. We have performed for wonderful audiences both in Canada and the United States.
I have had the great pleasure to work in back-up orchestras for Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Brian Wilson, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, Anne Murray, Dennis DeYoung, Roger Hodgson and Yes. I am a regular guest artist with Andrew Burashko’s “Art Of Time Ensemble” for their concert tours and recording projects.
After a dormancy of about 20 years, and with great encouragement from pianist and composer Glenn Buhr, I enjoyed reawakening the sleeping giant that was my jazz playing with, Larry’s Jazz Guys. LJG have headlined the series Jazz at the Registry for the past 8 years at the Registry Theatre (Kitchener), opened the first 3 seasons at The JAZZ ROOM in the Huether Hotel (Waterloo, ON), and performed on the Night Music series at the Stratford Festival for the past 6 seasons.
I am very fortunate to enjoy an incredibly diverse career of music-making with my menagerie of trumpets. The variety of styles in which I am able to work and perform keep me always on the hunt for ways to stretch my own boundaries as a musician. I am lucky enough to say that I am never bored in my life thanks to the incredible music around me.
I love being a part of the trumpet studio at Laurier with Guy Few, meeting new students every year, each of whom bring his or her own unique experiences to the studio. Together, we all work as a team to provide the students with the most positive experience possible - both individually and collectively. I truly love the "two-way street" aspect of the learning process between instructor and student! To top it all off, our students have the privilege of working with the wonderful pianist Stephanie Mara in weekly accompanying sessions in preparation for their lessons, master classes and recitals.
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