Instructor profile

Larry Ford



What do you love about music?

Music is the universal language. I love all the rhythms from the Caribbean and South America.

Who is your favorite artist?

Mike Mainieri

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

N.Y.C - Steps Ahead
Revolver - The Beatles
River - Herbie Hancock
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - the Foo Fighters
Had to Cry Today - Joe Bonamassa

Do you play in a band or currently perform?

Second Nature, a 5 piece pop band featuring 3 part vocal harmonies. Also Dumpster Drummers, a performance art group that provides environmental education through drumming routines using recyclables. We tour Indiana and perform in front of 20,000 children a year.


Larry earned a B.S degree in percussion performance from ISU. He was named the national winner of MTNA's Concerto Competition. He has been performing percussion for 42 years. Thirteen of those years were with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. Larry also is a percussion adjudicator for ISSMA contests. He has held a position as a Teaching Artist for 28 years at two area schools.