When asked to supply his biographical information, his first thought was…” They don't tell you about all this when they recruit you.” [1] But this is what he was able to come up with…
He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted. [2] He finally settled in Kansas City just before the 2nd grade after having lived in Virginia and Colorado. He started playing trumpet in 5th grade with mixed reactions. His parents were heard to say….” Breaks my heart to see a boy that young goin' bad.”[3] while his friends asked …”Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?” [4] He was a proud member of the RompinStompin’ Raider Band (Shawnee Mission South H.S.) as well as virtually every instrumental group at the school. When he tried vocal music, the choir director told him…”I used to wish I could sing well!!! Now I wish you could!!!” While at Shawnee Mission South he had the privilege to perform at Arrowhead for the Chiefs halftime (back when they had marching bands perform at halftime), as well as Royals Stadium/Kaufmann Stadium/The “K”, Worlds of Fun Season Open Celebration, The American Royal Parade, and the pinnacle of his high school career, a two week trip to Europe to perform with a band made up from SMS and SMNW members as well as a choir from Hays, KS. While in Europe, one frauline asked:
“Are you the police?
No ma’am, we’re musicians!!”[3]
In college, he was a member of the Pride of Wildcatland Marching Band (Kansas State University) until the partying…err studying got in the way.
He ultimately graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and embarked on a varied career which includes stints as a Quality Engineer for GM, a Product Engineer for an auto parts manufacturer, manager of an Amoco full service gas station, and a home remodeler/builder.
He is married to his wife of 22 years, Karen and has two children: Jeff, an aspiring musician (OK, he’s a drummer) who is a sophomore at U.M.K.C. and Lauren, a sophomore at Liberty High School who’s two passions in life are band (yeah, another trumpet player) and horses. He’s anxiously awaiting the time when he can have the following conversation with one of her admirers…
: Who said anything about that? I thought you might like to join us for some ice cream. Maybe your Bug here can join us. We can talk about burying the hatchet. You know what a hatchet is, don't you, Bug?
Bug : It's an ax?
Buck : Sort of, yeah, yeah. I got one in my car if you'd like to see it.
Bug : I'll pass.
Buck : Fair enough. I like to carry it, you never know when your going to need it. A situation may come up say for example, someone has been drinking, and about to drive a loved one home, then I'd like to know I have it. Not to kill, no. Just to maim. Take a little off the shoulder. Swish! The elbow. Slash! Shave a little meat off the old kneecap. Fowap! Ooooo! You got both kneecaps? I like to keep mine razor sharp. Sharp enough you can shave with it. Why I've been known to circumcise a gnat. You're not a gnat are you, Bug? Wait a minute, bug, gnat. Is there a little similarity? Whoa, I think there is! Ha ha ha. You understand what I'm talking about? I don't think you do. I'll be right back. Heh heh heh heh.
[walks away]
Tia : I'm sorry.
Bug : Look, I think you'd better split. I don't exactly want him to go berserk with an ax on me.
Tia : He's all talk.
[Buck pulls out a small hatchet from his car]
Buck : Here it is! Come over, come on, I want to show it to you. Maybe later. Okay. [5]
We certainly hope you all enjoy the show. And remember, people, that no matter who you are and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there're still some things that makes us all the same. You. Me. Them. Everybody. Everybody. [3]
Well, that’s it for Larry’s bio. He hopes you don’t think it sucked. [6] He and his fellow nerds will retire to the nerdery with their instruments. [7] See you bassoon. [8]
Movie Quotes
[1] Drumline 2002
[2] The Jerk 1979
[3] Blues Brothers 1980
[4] Tommy Boy 1995
[5] Uncle Buck 1989
[6] Wayne’s World 1992
[7] (Paraphrased) Tommy Boy 1995
[8] Max Keeble’s Big Move 2001