La Plante, of French Canadian descent, was born
in Milwaukee and grew up in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison,
where he received the Bachelor and Master of Music
degrees. He retired in 2001 after 33
years of teaching at various levels including high
school band and chorus; beginning and middle school
instrumental instruction; and K-6 general music.
music is published by Daehn Publications as well
as Kjos, Ludwig Masters, Grand Mesa and Bourne.
In addition to band and string orchestra compositions,
Bourne and G. Schirmer have published several choral
settings of Wisconsin folksongs.
La Plante is a bassoonist and has played in area
band and orchestras for many years. He is a member
of ASCAP and a contributing author to Composers
on Composing for Band, Vol. II, edited by Mark
Camphouse (GIA 2004). He resides in Oregon, Wisconsin
with his wife Laurie.