MUSIC DIRECTOR ∙ CONDUCTOR ∙ ARRANGER ∙ COMPOSER ∙ PERFORMER
Larry Baird has arranged, orchestrated, conducted, and performed with hundreds of orchestras and artists throughout the world. Some of the more than 250 orchestras he has worked with include the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis, National, Atlanta, Nashville, Vancouver, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Colorado, San Antonio, Houston, and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo, Rochester, Orlando, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island Philharmonic orchestras, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to name some of these.
Artists he has worked with and continues to work with as orchestral music director, conductor, and arranger include the legendary British band The Moody Blues, multiple Grammy® award winners Al Jarreau and Michael Bolton, the unparalleled vocal powerhouse hit makers Three Dog Night, and the innovative art-rock American band Kansas. He has also worked with and conducted shows for legendary British producer, engineer, songwriter, and Grammy® winner Alan Parsons, and former Styx keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter Dennis DeYoung. Baird has written arrangements for multi Grammy® award winner and Stellar award nominee Regina Belle, Western Heritage Wrangler Award Winner and Grammy® nominee Don Edwards, rock ‘n roll recording artists Flash Cadillac, and Grammy® winners Emilio Navira el Groupo Rio. He has written and conducted shows with the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, the Colorado and Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestras, and the Oklahoma Philharmonic Orchestra, and written orchestral arrangements for special concerts by the San Antonio and Akron Symphony Orchestras.
In the theatrical world Larry Baird has had much experience as a musical director, conductor, arranger, actor, and performer for numerous productions. Some of these many shows include: Funny Girl, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boyfriend, Working, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The Inspector General, Ten Little Indians, and a show based on the story and music of Motown Records, Dancing In The Street.
He has studied conducting with Eugene Lombardi, composition with Grant Fletcher, Ronald LoPresti, and Christopher Priolo, film scoring with Ronald Stein, piano and theory with Nicolas Bubash, saxophone with world renowned Larry Teal Jr. (University of Michigan and Cass Technical Institute), oboe with Ronald Odmark (Detroit Symphony), and vibes with Dick Barnett (Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker). Baird also has done extensive musical studies at Arizona State and Eastern Michigan Universities, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Metropolitan State College. He has recorded for Polygram, Vanguard Recording Society, Casablanca, Intersound/Platinum Entertainment, River North, Image Entertainment, Compendia Music Group, Ark 21, Crystal Jam, Harmony, Canvas, Buddha, and the StarCity Recording Company.
Throughout his career in this unique world of music and entertainment, Baird has had the good fortune to enjoy many successful achievements, not only for himself, but by assisting other performers in the attainment of their goals as well. The wealth of knowledge accumulated from his many years of experience are evident each and every time he takes the stage, raises his baton, or picks up his pen.