Larry Powell, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet


Eastman Trumpets & Shires Trumpets Performing Artist

Larry is Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches applied trumpet, brass masterclass, coaches student brass groups, and performs with the UIndy Faculty Brass, and chairs the University of Indianapolis Trumpet Conference.

While still in high school Larry first studied with Vincent DiMartino at the University of Kentucky from 1982 to 1984 and then was enrolled (but rarely attended classes) at U.K. from 1984 to 1987. “Vinnie inspired me in the early 80’s and continues to inspire me today, not just as a trumpet player, but as a musician, colleague, and friend.” Larry served in the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon from 1987 to 1990. Upon separating from the service, he transferred to and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis in K-12 All Area Music Education, graduating in 1993. He later earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Butler University in 2001, studying with Marvin Perry, and Dan Gosling (Chopsaver!).  Bob Wood, Jared Rodin, and Roger Ingram have been invaluable teachers and audition coaches since the early ‘90’s, providing encouragement, solid musical advice, and invaluable experience. 

He is the founding member of The Forge, a professional touring brass quintet dedicated to performing the great works of artists of all generations. The Forge’s current project, Classic Rock/Epic Tunes Recast In Brass, showcases the music of artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, and many others from the era of Classic Rock. In January of 2018 The Forge ventured into the recording studio and recorded their first album. Available in April 2018 on the Aire Born label thru iTunes and other download sites.

Larry serves as Principal Trumpet with the Owensboro Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Anderson Symphony, and as Third Trumpet with the Lafayette Symphony, and is busy as a session player in the recording studios in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. When not gigging on land, he is busy working on ships for Carnival UK on Cunard lines and P&O lines as lead trumpet in the showbands.

Larry is a performing artist for both Eastman Trumpets and S.E. Shires Trumpets. He performs on the Eastman 824S Bb, ECN 422 Bb Cornet, Eastman Flugel, Shires CVLA XL Bb, and Shires #5 Custom C trumpets.

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra

Principal Trumpet since 2003 - check out the OSO website here.

Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Principal Trumpet since 2013. Previously, 2nd Trumpet and Personnel Manager. Check out the Anderson Symphony website here.

Marion Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal Trumpet since 2009. Check out the Marion Phil website here.

The Forge

Leader and trumpet with The Forge. Check out our website here!

studioHFL Podcast

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