Lawrence M. Panella

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

About the Studio


Mr. Larry Panella serves on the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi as an associate professor of music and director of the jazz studies program and is the founder and leader of the USM Jazz Quartet (JQ). He has performed with numerous artists and entertainers, including the Phil Collins Big Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Steve Allen, Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra, Jr. His recordings include his newly released jazz quartet compact disc Under the Influence, two albums with the Collection Jazz Orchestra, two with the Ashley Alexander Big Band, and the recent compact disc release by the Phil Collins Big Band—A Hot Night in Paris.

He received his master of music from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor of music from the University of North Texas, where he toured and performed as a member of the famed 1 o’clock Jazz Lab Band. Before his appointment at Southern Miss, Mr. Panella served on the faculty of Wheaton College Conservatory and Northern Illinois University School of Music.