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.
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