Mr. Craig Lawrence
Craig started teaching band at St. Thomas More in 2005. He has been providing public and private music instruction in the Edmonds and Shoreline areas since 1976. During this time he has been the Edmonds Summer Music Camp Concert Band and Jazz Band Director, as well as band section coach at Western Washington University and North Seattle Community College. He has also been the Jazz Band Director at Mountlake Terrace High School. Over the past 40 years he has worked as a paraprofessional in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Bellevue Public Schools where he instructed students on the necessary skills needed to play and perform correctly on woodwind instruments. He has been a music clinician at a variety of musical workshops in the Pacific Northwest area; including the annual Edmonds School District Jazz Symposium, where he has been the Jazz Improvisation Instructor and Jam Session Director for the past 13 years. In conjunction with teaching private music lessons, he has also been an adjudicator at numerous Middle School, High School, and State Solo and Ensemble Contests. As well as being a teacher, he is a professional, performing musician with over 40 years of experience performing in the greater Seattle area. Besides leading his own band since 1984 (The Craig Lawrence Band), he has performed with numerous classical groups such as jazz combos, Big Bands, and rock groups, and classical groups such as Seattle Symphony, Puget Sound Wind Symphony, the Seattle Concert Band, Eastside Symphony Orchestra, New Deal Rhythm Band, Les and Larry Elgart Big band, Glenn Miller Movie Band, Tuxedo Junction, Fred Radkey Big Band, Swingland Express, John Holt Swing Band, Jazz Dance Orchestra, Sanctuary Band, Inquest Band, Michael Benson Band, Craig Lawrence Band, and many groups and recording sessions in the Northwest area. Craig also owns and operates his own Music instrument repair business.