About Me

Diligent Pursuit best describes the systematic approach I have taken to the fulfillment of my dreams. It includes spirituality, education, creativity, performance, technology, preparation and perseverance. Music production and film score has been the intention of my preparation. A craftsman knows the versatility of his craft, which broadens his ability to capture the imaginations of others and accomplish the goal. The continuation of my journey has been grounded through my faith in God. The diligence of my pursuit has been in perseverance, recognizing that when one door closes, God opens another.

Lashawn Gary

Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer

LaShawn D. Gary (Composer, Producer, Arranger) is a native of Detroit, Michigan. LaShawn received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern University, Louisiana in Instrumental Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. He received training in the areas of Computer Music Technology and Jazz Composition with an emphasis on orchestration and arranging.

He has toured professionally as a pianist with Jazz Guitarist, Mark Whitfield, and the late Alvin Batiste, Jazz Clarinetist within the United States, Austria, and Germany.

LaShawn has a passion for teaching instrumental music. For the last fifteen years, he has shared his passion for music in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Detroit Public Schools, Ecorse Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools.

God has called LaShawn to use his gifts in the music ministries of several churches. He served as the Director of Music for the great Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in Detroit and presently serves as a musician for St. John AMEC in Aurora, Illinois. Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men” has been Shawn’s experience. As a result, LaShawn served as a Co-Director of Music for the home–going services of an American Hero of the Civil Right’s Movement, Mother Rosa Parks. He has worked with sacred artist Yolanda Adams (String Arranger), Howard Hewitt (Keyboards), Pajam and Men of Standard (Keyboards), Nancy Jackson (Keyboards), Shirley Ceasar (Live Performance) and Richard Smallwood (Music Workshop/Performance).

LaShawn’s secular work includes Keith Washington (Live Performance), Sean Kingston (Orchestration), L. J. Reynolds of the Dramatics (String Arranger), Joss Stone (Copyist), Raphael Saadiq (Copyist), Four Tops (Copyist/Arranger), Producer Michael J. Powell (Studio Musician) and Arranger Paul Riser (Copyist).

LaShawn has also extended his musical gifts into commercial advertisement and film scoring.

LaShawn is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).