Larry Bennett received his Bachelor's degree in music education from Central Methodist University in 1969 and his Master's degree from Truman State University in 1974. During his thirty-one year teaching career, he served the Missouri school districts of Salisbury (1969-1974) and Macon (1974-2001). The 2001-2002 school year was spent serving as the Visiting Associate Director of Bands at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Since 2002, he has been employed as Adjunct Professor of Music at Central Methodist University in Fayette. In that capacity, Professor Bennett presently teaches the low brass studio, Brass Techniques, Basic Conducting, and Advanced Instrumental Conducting. He was the Assistant Director of the Central Methodist Concert Band for the 2007-2008 academic year. Bennett also holds the position of Assistant Director for the Columbia Community Band.
During his tenure at Macon, the Concert Band was selected to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Conference on five separate occasions. The Marching Band and the Jazz Ensemble also received many awards for their excellence. Bennett maintains memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Missouri Music Educators Association, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Personal recognition includes being inducted into the Missouri Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" in 2002, receiving the Charles Emmons Band Director of the Year Award presented by Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in 1995 and being awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at Central Methodist University in 2010.
Bennett maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.