Glenn McLaughlin

Glenn McLaughlin is a musician in the DFW area. Born in Fort Worth, TX, his mother encouraged him to begin piano lessons at the age of 5. Glenn studied classical piano with Lorraine Tornow in Hurst, TX. At the age of 12, he played trumpet in middle school band. Additionally, outside of school, he took drum lessons. At nearly 16 years old, he began playing guitar and quickly took up gigs in his sister’s western swing group, the Ginny Mac Band. McLaughlin began college in Denton, TX pursuing a Jazz Studies degree from the University of North Texas. He continued playing gigs, touring extensively through the United States, and abroad to Europe and Mexico. He remained heavily involved in Western Swing, country and cowboy music, while expanding his musical education with music instructors Fred Hamilton, Tommy Nash, Tim Goynes, and Rodney Booth, in jazz harmony & improvisation. Additionally, he studied classical guitar with Paul LeBlanc, and also pursued interests in Gypsy Jazz/swing, and other world music styles.
McLaughlin has been teaching students via school district programs, music camps, and private lessons across the US since 2006. He has taught guitar students of all ages at the Bobby Boatright Western Swing Music camp, Circle Bar Ranch Music Camp, and the Bobby Flores Western Swing camp. At these programs, Glenn worked and collaborated musical teachings with Western Swing greats such as Joe Settlemires, Tommy Allsup, Rich O’Brien, Ronnie Dale Shultz, Dave Holcomb, Coleman Smith, Bobby Flores, Jess Meador and Jake Hooker. He regularly teaches music theory, and various guitar stylings at Wise Ballet and Music Academy.
Glenn resides in Fort Worth, where he continues his professional freelance music career playing solo performances, fronting his own groups, and joining others such as The Ginny Mac Band, The Gypsy Playboys, Gypsy Cattle Drive, Johnny Case Trio, Mikki Daniel, Bobby Dade Band, Joe Savage Band. He has shared stages with the likes of The Texas Playboys, Tommy Allsup, Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club of Cowtown, Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky), Ricky Turpin, Johnny Gimble, Tommy Morrell, Joey Carter, Brave Combo, Leon Bridges, The Sidekicks, FUMC Big Band, Johnny Mack, Randy Rheinhardt, Stas Vanglevski, Rapidgrass Quintet, Roy Williams, and others.

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