A native of Indiana, Larry Maxey was a student of Keith Stein at Michigan State University, where he received his undergraduate degree. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of Stanley Hasty. He formerly taught on the full-time music faculties of Baylor University, California State University at Long Beach, and Michigan State University.
Maxey has performed nationwide and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His career has taken him to Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Costa Rica and Lithuania. He performed with the Stamitz Quartet at the International Festival de Musica in Portugal in l995 and toured Lithuania in l996 and 2004, playing concerts with orchestras as well as conducting master classes.
He was formerly principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, with which he recorded five albums under the direction of Frederick Fennell and Donald Hunsburger.
He has been a featured soloist at conventions of the International Clarinet Association, at two national conventions of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and at several Oklahoma Clarinet Symposia. He has performed as a member of the Kansas Woodwinds at national conventions of the Music Educator's national Conference (Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, MO), the College Music Society (Detroit, MI), at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and at numerous state music conventions in Kansas.
Recent performances include a recital on the Fontana Chamber Music Series in Michigan in the summer of 2005, a residency at the State University of New York-Oswego in October, 2005, as a soloist with the KU Jazz Ensemble in Duke Ellington's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite in November, 2005. He presented a clinic at the Kansas Music Educator's convention in February, 2005, and performed there in February, 2006.
Maxey's former students at KU have gone on to earn graduate degrees at a number of prestigious institutions, including Juilliard, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Oregon University. Several of his students have been finalists in the MTNA national competition. Other KU clarinetists hold positions in universities and professional orchestras.