Larry Williams Band

Maine's Premier Show and Dance Band

Meet The Band....

Photos by Matthew Robbins

The Larry Williams Band features a horn section consisting of trumpet, trombone and saxophone. A rhythm section with piano, bass, guitar and drums, a female and male lead vocalists. All of the musicians are capable of singing lead. Our arrangements are professional and musicians are second to none. 

Here are some live video clips. Please note that  we are capable of performing more styles than what these videos show.


Larry Williams

Larry is a Maine native. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine. Larry teaches music at Poland Regional High School in Poland, Maine. He is also a part-time faculty member at Bates College. He performed with The Tony Boffa Band for 13 years. and he plays regularly with The Portland Jazz Orchestra. Although saxophone has been his main instrument, he is equally proficient on bass where he has performed and recorded with many local and nationally recognized musicians and bands. 

Jaimie has been singing and performing in different venues since the age of 7. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine. While at USM, Jaimie was highly involved in the vocal jazz program under the direction of Michelle Snow and studied saxophone under the direction of Bill Street. She was also the recipient of the Betty Atterbury Award for Music Education and the Southern Maine Chamber Music Award with her saxophone quartet. Jaimie currently teaches K-4 general music in Westbrook and resides in Topsham with her husband, Ben.

Jaimie Appel

Todd Daley

Todd has been with the Larry Williams Band since the first downbeat.  He holds a degree in Theatre from The University of Maine, where he was a member of the all-male acappella group, The Maine Steiners.  Todd has been singing for Maine audiences for more than 20 years, having had lead roles in several musical theater productions.  When he isn't performing with LWB, Todd moonlights as a Supervisor for an insurance company. Todd resides in Westbrook with his amazing and talented wife, Katie, and his two extraordinary daughters, Ella and London.

John graduated from Millikin University in 1985 with a degree in commercial music and has since composed music professionally for entertainment and industrial film, commercials, and songs. He plays music in the Portland area where he lives with his wife and four children.

John Hoekstra

Craig Skeffington  Sk

Craig has been an active New England composer and arranger for the past 3 decades with commissions in the jazz, marching and wind band genres. A high school band director of 21 years, Craig was the 2003 MMEA Teacher of the Year and is currently on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine as an instructor in applied jazz arranging.. His published pieces with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Alfred/Belwin Jazz have appeared in the International Association of Jazz Educator’s and NYSSMA manuals. In 2007 and again in 2010, his music was performed at the prestigious Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Ill. As a trumpet player Craig has played with Barry Manilow, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Natalie Cole, and toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Locally, he works with the Seacoast Big Band and the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Craig lives in South Portland with his wife Carrie and their two daughters Hannah and Molly.

Ben Appel

Ben studied saxophone and clarinet under the direction of Bill Street while pursuing his undergrad in Jazz Performance at the University of Southern Maine. During his time at USM, he was fortunate enough to play in ensembles all over New England, working with musicians such as Ben Street, Gary Smulyan, Fred Wesley, and Felix Cavaliere, just to name a few. Ben enjoys music of all origins and genres and has been featured on several funk and soul albums on guitar as well as saxophone. Ben maintains an active private studio in which he teaches saxophone as well as guitar. In addition to his busy music schedule, Ben works for the Portland Fire Department. He also works for Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach Fire Departments as a per-diem medic and firefighter.

Matthew Cloutier

Matthew E. Cloutier is a trombonist from the Portland, Maine area. Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Maine in Classical Performance. His past teachers include Mark Manduca, Brian Diehl, Christopher Oberholtzer, Don Doane, and Toby Oft. Matthew is a past alumnus of the Portland Youth Ensembles and the Tony Boffa School of contemporary music. Matthew has appeared on MPBN’s, “Friday Night Jazz” with Rich Tozier and also performed on the University of Southern Maine Jazz Ensemble CD “Swingin,” released in 2008. In 2009, Matthew had the opportunity to back up Grammy nominated trombonist Conrad Herwig. Matthew is also a past winner of the Concerto Competition held every two years at the University of Southern Maine (2012 winner) and performed the Grondahl Trombone Concerto with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and Portland Symphony Orchestra. Matthew frequently substitutes for the Portland Jazz Orchestra and has performed for PortOpera, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Portland Jazz Orchestra, 207 Orchestra, and Maine State Music Theatre. Aside from music, Matthew is an assistant golf professional at Point Sebago in Casco, Maine.

Alex Mills has been performing onstage and in the studio for the last 20 years. A native of Portland Maine, he has provided percussive support to all matters of acts from folk singer songwriter to big-band jazz, heavy-metal to musical theater, funk and R&B to gospel choir. He has performed on over 10 studio and live albums and toured New England and the East Coast, having shared the stage with acts such as Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald, Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets and many, many local favorites. He is also an active teacher, providing private lessons and working with the South Portland High School music program for the last eight years. He currently resides in South Portland with his wife, their son, and their Alaskan Malamute.

Alex Mills

Ethan Chanterelle

Passionate about learning and sharing his joy, Ethan began teaching guitar lessons at the age of 16, and continued to do so until starting with the Larry Williams Band in 2017, where he has shifted his primary focus to performing. Always curious and eager to learn, Ethan attended the University of Southern Maine, earning a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and a minor in music. Ethan continues to enjoy writing and composing original music, complimenting his on-stage presence with personal, creative works.