April 10, 2008 Concert
Larry Dwyer, a graduate of Notre Dame, is the Assistant Director of Bands, and Director of Jazz Studies at Notre Dame. Larry is also a trombone player and received Outstanding Bandsman (1966), trombone soloist all four years with the concert band, and twice named “Best Trombonist” at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. He is currently principal trombonist with the South Bend Symphony Pops Orchestra, and pianist with his own jazz trio. He has performed with such jazz greats as Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and Sarah Vaughan. Among his jazz band compositions are a religious trilogy: The Old Beelzebub Blues, Lord Save the Sinner, and The Abha Kingdom. His orchestral arrangements of the music of Ellington, Basie, Goodman and others have been performed and recorded by the South Bend Symphony, Houston Pops, Utah Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Mr. Dwyer taught band and jazz band in the South Bend public schools, and was director of jazz studies at Concordia University in Montreal.