Larry Kisor


Larry Kisor has been teaching for 35 years, which includes 14 at Westwood Community Schools, 1 year at Sioux City Woodrow Wilson Middle School, and 20 years at Sioux City North High School.

Jazz Bands under his direction have performed at the Iowa Bandmasters Convention, Nebraska Bandmasters Convention, the IMEA Convention, the Inc 500 National Convention, the National IAJE Convention, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the American Liberation Festival in Paris, France.

Sioux City North Jazz 1 was also a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Competition. At the Iowa Jazz Championships, Kisor’s bands have won 14 times and have been runner-up 9 times.

During Mr. Kisor’s tenure, he has had two students selected as IAJE Stan Getz / Clifford Brown Young Talent Winners, two students selected for the Grammy Band, five students selected for the NBA All Star Band, and countless students selected for the Iowa All-State Jazz Band.

Mr. Kisor is in great demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the Midwest. He has held many offices and chairs, which include serving as NWIBA President, NBA State Jazz Chairman, Vice President of IAJE, and NWIBA District Jazz Chairman. He is or has been a member of IBA, NWIBA, IAJE, ISEA, IMEA, and NBA.

Mr. Kisor has been married 37 years to his wife Vickie and has three sons: Ryan, Justin, and Lance. He is currently enjoying his “retirement” and spending time teaching privately, judging, doing clinics, and playing in area dance bands.