Larry Blocher is professor of music and director of the School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he serves as an associate conductor with the university bands and teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses. He received his BME and MM in Music Education and Performance from Morehead State University in Kentucky and his PhD in Music Education from Florida State University. His teaching/administrative background includes serving as associate director of the School of Music, associate director of bands, and director of music education at Wichita State University; assistant director of bands and coordinator of music education at Morehead State University; chairman of music education at Syracuse University; assistant director of bands at the University of Dayton; and public school teaching as a band director in Kentucky and Florida.
Dr. Blocher is a past president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, a member of the National Band Association School Reform and Research Committees, and a past member of the Editorial Committee for the Music Educator's Journal. In 2005 he received both the Outstanding Bandmaster and the Outstanding Contributor to Bands Awards from Kansas Bandmaster Association. He is a past recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award (2004, Wichita State) and the University Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching Award (2002, Wichita State). His original music for concert band is published by Wingert-Jones.