Tom is a member of the music faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University, and Notre Dame College. He is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies and is a teaching artist for CIPC ArtsConnect at Gilmour Academy.
As a Music Therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years experience working with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. In addition to crisis intervention, re-education and sanctuary therapeutic models, he is also trained in applied behavioral analysis from the Cleveland Clinic and completed the Child Trauma Academy with Dr. Bruce Perry. Tom has been selected by Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach for three consecutive years to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.
The saxophonist has premiered solo and chamber works of local composers Nicholas Underhill, Geoffrey Peterson, Thomas Janson, John HC Thompson, Michael Leese, Kurtis Jeffers, and Jeffrey Quick. He is scheduled this year to premiere another work of Geoffrey Peterson titled Homage to Donald Erb for solo baritone saxophone, as he also premiered Dr. Greg D’Alessio’s Harley (for saxophone quartet) and Buck McDaniel’s Labyrinth (for saxophone quartet) at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. He has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, for Ludwig Masters Publications, and with Noel Quintana's Latin Crew. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1, WJW FOX 8 News In the Morning, as he also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, The Hazel Chapman Show, and Positively Cleveland. Tom performs locally as a member of Cleveland Winds, Akron Symphonic Winds, Ekklésia Ensemble, Canton Comic Opera Company, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Powerhouse 5, Transportation Boulevard Jazz Quintet, Trepanning Trio, Sarata & Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Pen & Axe, OutLab, Hexapod, and Freedom Jazz Collective.
Tom earned a Masters of Music degree at Kent State University where he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival, and Winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition. He also earned a double Bachelors degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, a Diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music, and is a U.S. Army Veteran with various awards and decorations.
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