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By Rosemary Pollock

Classical Music and Skateboards: Lansing McLoskey Doing What He Loves

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- What's an accomplished internationally renowned classical musician with a PhD from Harvard by day doing in his basement assembling skateboard gear by night? Accomplished musician, Lansing McLoskey, came to the world of music via a skateboard that he rode throughout his childhood, growing up a Mormon kid in California.

"You can be an orthodox Mormon and still be cool," McLoskey said. "Even though I'm 36, I still understand what it's like to be a 15 or 18-year-old Mormon, let alone a Mormon skateboarder." The Mormon terms, LDS, CTR, Liahona and Sunbeam have found their way from the Book of Mormon and Sunday School classrooms of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to the products McLoskey provides to skateboarders in his online store, "Latterdayskates."

"Being a classical music composer in this country is not the most lucrative of career choices. This is a nice way to provide a supplemental income while doing something I love," he said. LDS becomes "Longboard Disciple Skateboards," CTR is "Carve The Road," and the Liahona and the Sunbeam are a pair of specially designed boards.

The Boston area businessman admits, "I'm trying to walk a fine line. If you cross it, then it gets to blasphemy," he said. "The line is in different places for different people."

"I know what CTR means. I'm wearing a CTR ring right now and I wish the guy the best. If his stuff is good, it will sell," said Justin McIlvain, a Mormon skater and the assistant manager of Blindsides skate ship in Ogden. "Some people say the products sound Hawaiian," he said. "Some people get it and think it's the greatest thing ever. The non-Mormons just think it's cool," he said.

"I did get a friendly cease-and-desist order from the church," McLoskey said. But soon after altering the copyrighted familiar shield shape to an oval, McLoskey believes he complied with the request. "We have no problem with Mr. McLoskey," said Dale Bills, LDS Church spokesman. "It is the combination of the font and shield that is copyrighted."

McLoskey still has his music to fall back on if his skateboard business doesn't work out. His accomplishments are impressive and varied. Several of McLoskey's works were recently featured on Netherlands National Radio, and in 2000 his work "Tinted" was included on the WGBH program "Art Of The States," which is broadcast in 49 countries around the world.

His music has been played by such groups as The Hilliard Ensemble, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra along with many others. He has been commissioned by The Barlow Endowment and violist Leticia Strong of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A scholar of contemporary Danish music, McLoskey has lectured and written extensively.

McLoskey's music has been performed to critical acclaim across the Unites States, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and South America. He is currently a music critic for The Boston Early Music news and to continues to perform on occasion in the Boston area and you can also reach him on .


Latterdayskates, an online store, caters to Mormons.
Salt Lake Tribune 21Jul01 I4
By Hilary Groutage Smith: Salt Lake Tribune

Lansing D. McLoskey, composer


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