Larry Brown, Jr. (guitar instructor) graduated from NIU in 2009 with a master’s degree in jazz studies. He has studied with jazz artists Pat Martino, Victor Goines, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, and the legendary 7-string guitarist Rick Haydon. He has performed at the St. Louis Jazz Festival, Clark Terry Festival, JVC Jazz Festival in New York, South America’s Lima Jazz Festival, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Among the many artists he has performed with are Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Alyssa Jones, and R&B singer Yashi. He was a 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency finalist. He has been on the NIU Jazz Camp staff for several years.