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Larry Washington
We are very excited to share with you what Rhythmworkz was involved in up in Reno last week.
An opportunity was made available for Larry Washington, Joe Alessandro, Mike Sims and Kevin Flournoy to lead some clinics & classes, and perform at assemblies in two schools in the Washoe County School District in Reno. The initial contact was developed by Traner Middle School Arts teacher Cynthia Ford, who arranged a meeting for us with the principals of both Traner and Hug High School. Peggy Paarmann of Rhythmworkz, who lives in Reno, set up and coordinated all of the appearances, and was instrumental in keeping things running smoothly.
Our amazing journey began on Tuesday, September 24th, at Hug High School. There we met and shared knowledge with the Percussion Class, and Drum Line. In that class, led by teacher Joe Savage, we met some incredibly talented kids, among them Desmond Washington, Vidal Smith, and Keenan Davis. They really made an impression, playing for us, rapping and sharing their excitement and passion for music.
Then on Thursday, September 26th, Lauren Ford, principal of Traner, and Lisa Castro, the music instructor, hosted us for an all-school assembly of 600 kids, which Larry and friends played for, and offered some instruction and motivation as well. This was an amazing event: kids who were so excited to see us that the decibel level from their enthusiastic cheers was louder than the music! Andy Kelly, principal of Hug High School was instrumental in getting the Reno Gazette Journal to cover the assembly, which resulted in a very large article, accompanied by two photos in the paper the day following the assembly. Here is the link to that article:
http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809260461
That same afternoon Andy and the team from Hug hosted us in the Little Theater for an assembly of 220 kids, including the ones we had met during our earlier visit. Larry & Joe shared skills, stories, and inspired the kids, two of which came up and rapped for the group, generating huge applause from their peers. There were so many very special kids we met there, all of which really encouraged and inspired us to want to do more to reach out and help more kids in schools all over the country.
On Rhythmworkz last day in Reno, September 27th, Larry and Joe were guests at Traner's band and music classes for a day, which included lunch in the cafeteria. There, Larry and Joe were surrounded by students who wanted to ask questions, get autographs and just enjoy their company. They left the school still hungry for lunch, but very satisfied and gratified by the response of the kids.
Due to the generosity of friends like you, we were able to donate a pair of Paiste marching Cymbals to the Hug High School Drum Line, and 25 complete packages of information to the Drummers and Percussionists at Hug High as well. We also were able to donate a Pearl Snare drum with stand, and a complete set of DB Mesh Head Practice Pads to Traner Middle School. Thank you to Deborah Washington, Tomo Meek, KJZS, Rhythm Tech, Audix, Paiste, Pearl, Apple, Voice Crysta;, Vic Firth, Treeworks, Protection Racket and Phatfoot -- your support made a difference in the lives of well over 1000 kids!! And this is just the beginning
We look forward to reaching out across this country to many more kids, just like those we met during our days in Reno. The impact of these visits will be felt in many ways for years to come, and if the kids reactions were any indication, they now have a new appreciation for music and education, which will guide them into their very bright futures.
Sincerely,
The Rhythmworkz team
www.myspace.com/rhythmworkz
10/08 - Reno Gazzette Journal/Beatworkz


I'm amazed at how Larry is able to capture the essence of a mood within the first couple of bars in a tune, and draws you in. He's brought in some top notch players. Some of the funky tunes had my head nodding right from the start, and other that had more of a night groove brought out a satisfying sigh. All of them had me turning up my cd player. His ability to blend in the spiritual made him a natural choice for ads on our Sacred and Smooth show on Sunday mornings. - Dave DeAndrea, program director of Smooth Jazz 105,9 KYSJ


Larry puts a spiritual twist on urban jazz. Conversations a #1 hit. - Smooth Jazz.com


Discography

Spiritual Conversations (2005), Exploring the Wonders of the Holidays (2006), Larry Washington featuring Lauren Bach "Take A Little Time"(2007), The Healing Path(2007) & Extensionz(2008)

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LARRY WASHINGTON
*Drummer *Educator * Producer *Recording Artist *Composer
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Beatworkz Music "recording artist Larry Washington has recorded & performed with some of the worlds top artists and musicians throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan. He has performed at noted jazz clubs like the Blue Note and Baked Potato. Larry is active in both TV and film, and has appeared on major networks: MTV, VH1, BET, ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. His movie appearances include "The Princess Diaries", "Whats Love Got to Do with It" and "Showgirls". Larry has also played on prerecorded soundtracks for "Sister Act 2 - Back in the Habit"and "Low Down Dirty Shame", and also contributed music to "The History Detectives" , "Drive" , "Animal Instinct 2",& the award winning Film "Section 8". As a composer, DVD releases include "Urban Combat", "Crystals Diary", & several movie trailers. Larry has received numerous Awards for composition work on the Power (PSA) that featured narrator Jeffrey Osborne. Washington also has enjoyed performing at prestigious events such as The Trumpet Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Diversity Awards and at The White House. Larry has performed and or as a Instructor / Clinician at several Universities, Public Schools, Music Stores & Houses of Worship throughout the United States. Larry works actively with several charities, and plays benefits for Fibromyalgia Research and others.

Highly in demand as a performer and producer, Larry manages Beatworkz Ltd., performs clinics, concerts and tours throughout the year and still finds time to write, produce and maintain his publishing company. Larry's current band consists some of the worlds top musicians.

Always moving forward, Larry has a several new projects in the works, For more information, please contact us!