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LARRY A. SMITH has been a percussionist for over 40 years, performing
professionally for over 30 years and teaching for over 25 years.
He attended school in Wickliffe, Ohio where he was President of the Band,
Percussion Section Leader and his senior year received the John Phillips Sousa Award
as the Outstanding Band Member. He also received thirteen I ratings in Solo,Ensemble, Choral and Band Competitions.
Mr. Smith worked on his B.M. in Education and Percussion Performance degree from Kent State University. While there, he performed with the Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Brass Choir, the Orchestra and the Percussion Ensemble. He played percussion and drum set for many musicals staged by the Kent State Theatre Dept. and was a member of the Akron-Canton Symphony Orchestra under the
direction of Louis Lane.
While in Cleveland, Ohio, Larry owned the Larry Smith Studios, a diversified recording facility which was used to write, produce and record jingles for many industries and to record CD’s for various artists.
Mr. Smith has worked with many artists throughout his career, such as the Ink Spots, the Four Aces, Ben Vareen, America, Lou Rawls, the Platters, Don Mclean, Johnny Carroll, Tony Orlando, Jerry Vale, Mary Wilson, Roger Williams, Christopher
Cross – and the list goes on!
As a composer, Mr. Smith has written music for Pop, Christian and Country
artists, original scores for industrial training/sales DVDs and trade shows, jingles and
parodies for various sports teams and songs for children’s musicals and exercise programs. He has composed solos and multiple percussion pieces for various
percussion instruments, as well as writing and arranging scores for and rehearsing and directing percussion sections of various High School Marching Bands and Middle
School percussion ensembles.
Previously, Mr. Smith was an Adjunct Professor and the Director of Percussion Studies at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

Profile Summary:
Music Educator Painesville, OH
Percussionist Painesville, OH
Music Transcribing Painesville, OH
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Bio (cont.)
He is the owner of and a percussion instructor at The Percussion Institute of Concord, where he teaches percussion lessons to over 40 students per week.
He also teaches percussion lessons at Arrowhead Music (Mentor, OH) and Pfabe's Music (Painesville, OH)
Mr. Smith was the director of The Lakeland Jazz Orchestra and co-director of the Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival.
Currently, Larry performs with his ensembles: The Larry Smith Express, The LS Jazz Express and Larry Smith's Lighter Side. As a freelance percussionist, he performs with many organizations playing all aspects of percussion (drum set, timpani, mallets and auxiliary percussion.
Mr. Smith is an avid golfer and loves classic movies, wellness, cooking and wine.
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9956 Johnnyccake Ridge Rd. G15
Concord, OH 44077-2189
(440) 954-1611


40 years experience (concerts, musicals, shows, community events) in all aspects of percussion.
25 years experience teaching, directing and arranging all genres of percussion and music.
30 years performing various venues on drums, percussion, guitar, keyboards and vocals.
8 years experience in industrial marketing and sales.
•Strong background in these key areas: sight reading•musical interpretation•music theory•ad lib musical skills•performance of all musical genres•tempo• interaction with other session/performance musicians•directing•

•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•Works well under pressure and against deadlines.
•Successfully interacts with all levels of management, employees and clients.


The Percussion Institute of Concord (PIC), Mentor, Ohio 2002 to Present
Owner, President
Instructs, works with and guides approximately 40 students per week in all aspects of percussion. Ages ranging from 10 years old to 75 years old.

The Fine Arts Association of Willoughby,
Ohio 1990 to 2007
Percussion Instructor
Engaged in direct student contact activities: established new curriculum for aspiring
musicians, started the first FAA percussion ensemble, performed percussion for FAA
theater productions and taught numerous students percussion techniques. Organized the first Annual Percussion Recital in over 20 years in 1999 and continued through 2008.

Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio 1988 to Present
Director – Percussion Studies (15 yrs.), Director–Jazz Orchestra (6 yrs.), Co-director – Lakeland Jazz Festival (3 yrs.), Festival Coordinator-Lakeland Jazz
Festival (5 yrs.), Percussionist-Lakeland Civic Performing Groups (29 yrs.)
Worked on B.M.E./Percussion Performance degree, Kent State University 1972
Business management courses/continuing education coursework, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio 1980 - 1984
Organizations / Affilations:
ASCAP, AF of M (local 4), OMEA, Kappa Kappa Psi
Larry A Smith is located in Painesville, OH and has the following skills: Music Educator, Percussionist, Music Transcribing
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Music Educator

Category: Education
Instruct, work with and guide students in all aspects of drums/percussion.
Relevant Education / Credentials
4 yrs college, 25 yrs teaching, 40 yrs performing
Years Experience: 40


Category: Music
Staff percussionist for 15 yrs at 1500 seat venue, strong sight reader, can perform all genres of music as well as all aspects of percussion (drum set, mallets, timpani, auxiliary percussion). Vocals, guitar and bass come with the package.
Relevant Education / Credentials
40 yrs experience in all aspects of drumming.
Years Experience: 40

Music Transcribing

Category: Services
You supply lead sheets,I transcribe them into readable/publishable form. Can design JCI's and labels.
Relevant Education / Credentials
4 yrs college, 25 yrs designing my own CD's. 10 yrs designing posters and flyers for a local community college in Cleveland, Ohio.
Years Experience: 25