UIW Saxophone Instructor; teacher, musician, woodwind specialist. Larry Loden began playing saxophone in 1958 with the renowned East Atlanta Elementary Band under the direction of Charles I. Bradley. He was the first chair alto saxophone in the Georgia All-State Band, in both, his junior and senior years in High School, He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in 1970 and a Master of Music Education / Woodwind Performance degree from Texas State University in 1994. His first fulltime public school teaching job was in 1970 with the Dekalb County School District in Decatur, Georgia as an elementary band director. He has taught music in public and private schools, as a band director and as a private music lesson instructor at the Elementary, Middle School, High School and College level. He has conducted many school jazz bands and concert bands. In concert he has directed the University of Georgia Symphonic Band, and the US Army Pacific Area Headquarters Band. In his capacity as music director/arranger for B. J. Thomas he conducted the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
He began playing professionally in Atlanta Ga. at the age of 16. In Atlanta he worked as a sideman and as a studio musician. He has recorded record albums, jingles, movie sound tracks, sound-a-likes, and TV documentaries. He has toured in the U.S.A., Asia, Europe, Caribbean Islands and Central America. He has played with such entertainers as: Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Michael Feinstein, Diane Schurr, Mel Torme, Bert Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Shirley Bassey, Steve Allen, Bob Eberly, Helen O’Connell, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Bennett, Tito Puente Jr., Duke Pearson, Johnny Mathis, Cab Calloway, Skitch Henderson, Supremes, Pointer Sisters, Lou Rawls, Platters, Clarence Carter, Joe South, Four Tops, The Temptations, B. J. Thomas, Petula Clark, The Staple Family Singers, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Joel Gray, Jack Jones, Jerry Lewis, Glenn Miller band with Paula Kelly and The Modernaires, Jimmy Dorsey Band, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, Larry Elgart, Charlie Spivak, Tommy Dorsey Band, Guy Lombardo Band, Myron Floren, Eartha Kitt, Tony Orlando, Russ Morgan Band, Patti Page, Vicky Carr, Linda Ronstadt with Mariachi Vargas, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Trini Lopez, Rita Moreno, Ben Vereen, Buddy Greco, Frank Gorsen, Rich Little, Danny Gans, Frankie Valli, Bobby Goldsboro, Barry Manilow, The Spinners, Ray Charles, Kenny Rodgers, Larry Gatlin, Charlie Rich, Roger Miller, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Marylyn McCoo, Montreux Jazz Festival (with Texas State Jazz Ensemble), ice shows, rodeo show bands, The Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus Band (25 editions), The Little Fisherman Polka Band, The Lippizan Stallion Show, New York touring Broadway shows, Six Flags theme park show bands, The Gaither Vocal Band, Roberta Peters, Patrice Munsell, Robert Merrill, Alvin Ailey Dancers, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Chamber Orchestra, The Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, The San Antonio Symphony, The Zephyr Flute Trio, The San Antonio Lyric Opera Orchestra, The Augusta Symphony (GA), The Mid-Texas Symphony, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm, Eddie Daniels, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous.