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Larry Rodbell was born to play the drums. After years of banging on pots, pans, and anything else he could get his hands on, he received a toy drumset at age eight and immediately started playing along to KISS and AC/DC. In the fourth grade, he joined his school’s music program where he learned about dynamics and song form, as well as to read music. This was the seed that young Larry planted inside him and grew to become how he approached music and drumming.

Next came his first real drumset: a used Tempro. By incessantly playing those purple sparkle drums for the next two years, Larry learned to hold a strong groove. Sensing his budding talent, his parents then bought him a used white double bass CB 700 kit on which he continued to play along with his favorite albums and taught himself to not only emulate the styles of his favorite drummers, but to play their tunes with his own flair. Lots of listening to music and practicing would be a daily ritual. In middle school he met a terrific group of like-minded musicians. This led to jams, talent shows, dances, and back yard parties. Entertaining a crowd wherever he played his drums.

By now, the drums were taking on an ever increasing role in Larry’s life. At school he played in concert band, jazz band, and marching band; after school he crafted his own unique style and formed a succession of popular local rock bands. He also joined the school chorus, studied music theory, guitar, and keyboard, which helped him develop the knowledge and skills to work and write with other musicians.

Larry received many awards for his drumming, but his most valued was being voted by his peers “The Most Talented” for his high school yearbook. Just before graduating high school Larry bought his first brand new set of drums: a Tama Granstar. After graduation, he worked tirelessly to take his drumming to the next level and to form a band that would reflect his own passion, drive, and vision. That band was Wizekrak. Over the next four years, Wizekrak played numerous venues throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It also recorded two albums at Sheffield Recording Studio.

The band then decided to move to Los Angeles, California. In LA, Larry played with Wizekrak for an additional year before embarking on his next musical journey—joining a popular band out of Nashville, Tennessee called Lover’s Lane. Over the next three years, Larry and Lover’s Lane had the privilege of playing world famous LA rock clubs like The Whiskey, Gazzarri’s, and The Roxy. The band’s album Chiseled in Stone was released on Indian Records in 1994.

During his five years on the west coast, Larry lived, played, and studied music, exposing himself to a wide range of bands and musical styles. Upon returning to Maryland in 1996, he joined a variety group that played approximately 200 plus gigs a year over the next 5 years. He then joined another variety group that played less frequently to afford him the opportunity to begin teaching the many styles of drums to which he had become familiar to. Larry has now taught drums at the Music and Arts Center in Severna Park and at his home studio, RodbellDrums in the Annapolis area for over 10 years.

He also participates in music workshops for the Anne Arundel County School system, coached the Northeast High School drum line in 2001, and has been a member on the panel of judges for the Guitar Center Drum Off contest in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In addition to his teaching, he is currently busy performing and freelancing with multiple bands and recording tracks as a session drummer. 

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