Dr. Lou Fischer is professor of music, jazz activities coordinator, and jazz ensemble director at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he teaches theory and jazz bass. He is currently U.S. Representative and executive board member for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), immediate past-president of the Ohio chapter, and serves IAJE in many other capacities.
As an extremely active performer in the entertainment industry for 40 years, he has performed on over 2,000 commercials, 50 Broadway shows, and toured worldwide with The Crusaders, Airto, Charlie Byrd, Bill Watrous, Red Rodney, Rich Matteson, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Emmy Lou Harris, plus the orchestras of Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hopper, Tex Beneke, and Jimmy Dorsey, among others.
As a bandleader, Lou has four album releases. He is also featured on All Things Are New (Beaux J Poo Boo); The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited (Steve Houghton); A Time For Love and Bone-I-fied (Bill Watrous) The Joy (Shelly Berg); A Miracle (The Frank Mantooth Big Band); and High Wire (Sunny Wilkinson).
Dr. Fischer has appeared at jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Mexico, and at over 200 high schools/universities in the United States. He recently conducted the all state jazz ensembles of Texas, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Colorado and Louisiana (Fall '05). As faculty at various camps and the IAJE Teacher Training Institutes, "Dr. Lou" is currently jazz division head for the Bands of America Summer Symposium.
A music publisher for 13 years, Fischer now publishes his compositions with Walrus Music. He is co-author of Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Band Directors (Alfred), Stylistic Etudes in the Jazz Idiom, and is a frequent contributor to the Jazz Educators Journal and The Instrumentalist regarding jazz pedagogy. As a composer, Fischer has penned commissions for the jazz ensembles of Louisiana Tech, Illinois Wesleyan, and Ball State Universities, and has completed a four-movement symphonic work titled Shades of Winter.
A member of the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band (1971-1974), Fischer earned a bachelor of music in jazz performance, magna cum laude, and a master of arts in composition with honors from the University of Denver. He holds a doctor of arts in bass performance, with a secondary in theory and composition from Ball State University in Indiana.
Lou Fischer is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician and plays the Silent Bass exclusively.