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About Larry Weintraub

I come from Baltimore, MD where I played baseball and later learned to play music. I did not start music in the public schools. I started taking private clarinet lessons from a local Union professional when I was 15.5 years old. I was inspired to learn to play music solely because I wanted to play jazz. I started alto sax with him when I was 17.5 years old. Soon after that I bought my first tenor sax, a used King Super 20. After high school I attended Towson State University as a music education major. I bought my Selmer Mk VI tenor sax new in my 2nd semester of my Freshmen year. As soon as I graduated Towson I started auditioning for military bands because I wanted to play and travel. I joined the Army Band Program and served at Ft. Carson, CO near Colorado Springs. While in the Army we traveled all over the upper Mid-West. I got out of the Army after 3 years and went back to Baltimore where I played with the Bing Miller Big Band. While in Baltimore I also played musical shows for Summer Stock, Regional Theater and Dinner Theater. In addition I taught private saxophone/clarinet lessons. During my last year in Baltimore I taught band and strings ensemble at an All-Girl Catholic High School. After my position was cut I decided to go back into the military bands. This time I went into the Navy Band Program via an audition at the USNA Band in Annapolis, MD. I was assigned to the Norfolk, VA Navy Band. Later I was transferred to the Navy Band in Orlando, FL. I served there for 3 years and then did a turn around back to Norfolk where I served from January, 1995 to January, 2005 when I retired. Since then I earned my Masters in Music Education in 2014 at Old Dominion University using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I now teach saxophone/clarinet in their Community Music Division. I also teach at Tidewater Community College when they have students for me. Some of the people I have played for include Al Martino, Camella Quinn, The Four Tops, Chuck Mangione, Kelly Smith, Lee Greenwood, Marv Stamm and Roan Tinan. I also play jobs with my Jazz Combo, Swing Time which I book. Some of the people I studied with included Eddie Palanker, Joe Briscuso, Ron Diehl, Tim Price, Dennis Zeisler and Marty Nau.

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