Larry McWilliams

Larry McWilliams - Jazz Festival Guest Artist

Jazz Combos Concert

Jazz Festival Concert

6 PM | Friday, February 7
Beckwith Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

7:00 pm | Saturday, February 8
Festival Concert Hall
Adults: $5 Students/Seniors: $2

Larry McWilliams recently retired from the Ball State University Challey School of Music where he was a trumpet instructor, member of Da Camera (faculty brass) Quintet, the Muncie Symphony, and the Director of Jazz Studies program.

Under his direction, the Jazz Lab ensemble, the main performing group in the jazz program, enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest collegiate jazz bands in the country. It has gained regional, national, and international attention by participating in numerous jazz festivals, including the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Mobile Collegiate Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Conservatory Jazz Festival. Some of the international jazz festivals were the Vienne Jazz Festival, France; The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland; the Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy; and the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Netherlands. Many alumni members of the Jazz Lab Ensemble who are playing professional music today were recipients of the Most Outstanding and Overall Winner awards from these festivals, including NDSU’s Dr. Kyle Mack.

During his years at Ball State University, McWilliams has become a leading adjudicator, clinician, and soloist for many high school and college jazz festivals throughout the Midwest, as well as sponsoring a very successful high school “Dimensions In Jazz” festival at Ball State that has just celebrated its 34th anniversary. Along with this he has been conducting a wonderful “Art of Jazz” Series that brings to campus some of the worlds foremost jazz artist of today. This Series has just celebrated its 22nd anniversary.

McWilliams has extensive performing experience with name bands and known Broadway shows such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hello Dolly and Cabaret. Other performing experience included freelance work in New York and Las Vegas, and tours and show work with Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Pia Zadora, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Spinners, The Temptations, Red Skeleton, and the Manhattan Transfer vocal group. During the summer of ’07, McWilliams was Guest Soloist for the International Band Festival which is held in Besana Brianza, Italy, semi annually. McWilliams plays Bach and Conn Trumpets exclusively and is an active clinician for the Conn/Selmer Corp.

 

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