Larry Larson has been Principal Trumpet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1993. He is a graduate of DePaul University of Chicago and was a student of Adolph Herseth, legendary Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony. As a soloist, Larry has been featured with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been featured on CBC Radio in performances of trumpet concertos by Malcolm Forsyth, Johnny Cowell and R. Murray Schafer. In May, 2009, Larry performed the world premiere of Scott Good’s “between the rooms: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra” with the KWS. March 2017 will see Larry giving the world premiere performance of a brand new trumpet concerto by John Estacio, with the KWSymphony. In 2010, he released his first solo CD of music for trumpet and harp, “Divertissement,” with harpist Lori Gemmell.
In addition to performances of the classical repertoire, Larry has developed ten critically-acclaimed Pops programmes for orchestra with conductor/trombonist David Martin. Larry is in much demand by Toronto recording studios for his work on motion picture soundtracks and commercial jingles. You can hear him every night fanfaring Lisa LaFlamme onto the CTV National News. He has had the great pleasure to work in back-up orchestras for Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Brian Wilson, Idina Menzel, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, Anne Murray, Dennis DeYoung, Roger Hodgson, and Yes.
After a dormancy of about 20 years, and with great encouragement from pianist and composer Glenn Buhr, Larry has enjoyed re-awakening the sleeping giant that was his jazz playing with his own combo, “Larry’s Jazz Guys.” LJG has headlined the series “Jazz At The Registry” for the past 10 years at the Registry Theatre (Kitchener), has opened the first five seasons at The JAZZ ROOM in the Huether Hotel (Waterloo, ON), and performs on the Night Music series for the Stratford Festival.
Larry has been the trumpet and brass ensemble coach of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for the past 10 years, sharing his knowledge and experiences with the next generation of orchestral trumpet players. Performances at the Stratford Festival and the Elora Festival round out his summer playing.