Lawrence M. Panella

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

About the Studio


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. He is the founder and leader of the USM Jazz Quintet and 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 recently released CD entitled Larry Panella: The Gestures Project, and his earlier release; Larry Panella: Under The Influence, as well as releases with the Phil Collins Big Band, The Collection Jazz Orchestra, the Ashley Alexander Big Band, The John Mahoney Big Band and Chris Cortez. His most recent work is featured on The Michael Waldrop Big Band – Time Within Itself on Origin records.

He regularly performs with his Larry Panella Jazz Quartet, Fusion Factor 4, and for various shows, orchestral ensembles, and entertainers in the region.

He earned his master of music from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor of music from the University of North Texas where he performed with the famed 1 O'Clock Jazz Lab Band. Prior to his appointment at Southern Miss, Mr. Panella served on the faculty at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and Northern Illinois University School of Music. Mr. Panella is an artist - clinician for Cannonball Musical Instruments.