LARRY is a musician who can play various instruments and writes and arranges songs for various groups. Larry has produced four youth music CD's and one adult CD and co-authored and published various songs. He is currently working for "THE MUSIC STAFF" teaching students in five (5) Cincinnati grade schools in an after school "group" guitar lesson program. He also has numerous private students he teaches out of his home. He has been a Youth Music Director at his church for 14 years. Born in Cincinnati in the early 1950's, he fell in love with music and began playing saxophone in the fifth grade. He soon moved to guitar in the 1960's and started playing in a local band and in local clubs within the 1st year of learning the guitar.
Larry joined the Navy in 1972 and when he arrived in Bahrain, he found there was a ship's band on the USS LaSalle. He quickly found himself in the Middle East playing guitar and saxophone in a Navy rock band called the "Greenfield's". They toured all over the Middle East and played for various dignitaries and Government officials (The Emperor of Ethiopia, Princess Ann to name a few).
After the Navy, Larry got a "regular job" at Procter & Gamble but continued to play in many local bands (Blue Tater PME and then The Gallery) and is still playing professionally today. Larry and the keyboard player, Rick, grew up in the same town and played in "competing" bands over the years. They both went to the same high school and have been friends for many many years.
Larry is now retired from Procter & Gamble and spends most of his time teaching music, writing arrangements, producing Youth Music CD's and playing in a local band called "The Retro-Vibes" (a band specializing in '50', '60's, '70's songs and some Standards and Country music.)
Although Larry loves to express his feelings and emotions through music, he is also a published author of two Genealogy books and is a competent Genealogist and photographer. He has numerous websites displaying his Gelealogy and photographs. one of the websites is where he is selling his books http://www.thearzmanfamilyhistory.com/.
His skills also include being a Certified Graphologist in behavioral profiling, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).
The nick name of "Lightning Larry" originated many many years ago. Most guitar players were copying the solos from the 50;s and 60's with modifications of the melody line (traditional solos). Larry studied players like Eric Clapton (in Clapton's younger years), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Dickie Betts (Allman Brothers), and Jimmie Page (Led Zepplin). He worked to not only get speed in his playing, but feeling, passion and accuracy too. While playing with the "Greenfields" in the '70's, , the "thing" to do was play with your teeth...(immate Hendrix) unfortunately, he could never master that feat. During one of their live performances in the Middle East, when he could not get the sound he wanted with his teeth, he just flipped it behind his head and started playing the solo from Grand Funk Railroad's song "INSIDE LOOKING OUT" behind his head without any prior rehersal. He pulled it off and decided that would be his signature....playing solo's behind his head. He is still doing it today. Today he is still inspired by players of his youth (B.B. King, Clapton, Buddy Guy etc), but now he enjoys the new blues players like Stevie Ray Vauhgn, Drek Trucks and Robert Cray. He is also inspired by the women of blues like Kelly Ritchie, Bonnie Rait, and Susan Tedeschi. Even though his speed may not be exactly what it use to be, he continues to play with passion and difficult solos behind his head and keeps the nick name alive and well.
Larry is currently the guitarist for THE BELAIRS a Las Vegas style musical show performing 50's, 60's music complete with costume changes and eye catching choreography. The show features multi-part harmony, skits with audience participation, and dynamic feature performances including impersonations of the great oldies stars of the past. He is also the lead guitarist for a JACKSON BROWNE Tribute band called LOOKING EAST.
There are thousands of guitar players out there that can far outplay Larry (especially his son Jeff (currenly with the Jarred Mahone Band) and a ton of musicians that have probably forgotten more about music than Larry will ever know. However, his passion and love for music (especially the Blues) will keep him trying to live up to his nick name and hopefully he will be able to entertain audiences for years to come.