Larry Black

School of Music

Phone: (828) 227-7242


  • B.S., Music Education, Northern Illinois University
  • M.M. Applied Trumpet, Northwestern University


Larry Black retired from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2003 after a 33 year musical career that included numerous solo appearances with symphony orchestras, concert bands, churches, ensemble concerts, studio recordings, master classes, and recitals.

Mr. Black was a member of the Atlanta Brass Ensemble when it recorded two highly acclaimed recordings – “Sonic Fireworks” Vol. 1 & 2, distributed by Crystal Clear Records.  He has played in over 60 recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  His most recent solo recording, “Praise and Peace Resounding” is available at

Born and raised in Dixon, Illinois, he began his trumpet studies at the age of 10 and, by the age of 15, began appearing as trumpet soloist with several local summer bands.  He served in the armed forces as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, and was principal trumpet of the U.S.M.A. Brass Quintet.  He has also been a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Black has been teaching trumpet for the past 42 years, including two years as an elementary, junior-high, and high school teacher and four years as a faculty member at Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University.  He also was on the teaching faculty at Agnes Scot College, West Georgia College, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. 

Mr. Black's students occupy or have occupied professional positions in the Minnesota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the recording studios of Los Angeles, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, the principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and fourth trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Black's teachers include Sam Krause, past principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra; John Ware, New York Philharmonic; Raymond Crisara, principal trumpet for the ABC Studios, New York City; Vincent Cichowicz, faculty at Northwestern University and member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 23 years; Arnold Jacobs, George Vosburgh, and Adolph Herseth, all of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and last, but not least, a very important and influential person in his career, his best friend and high school band director, the late Robert L’Heureux.


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