Educator and Musician

Next show:ENGLISH

3pm Hy-Vee Main Stage                       Free

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“His diversity as a performer, skilled in both classical and jazz repertoire, in addition to being an accomplished flutist, provides an excellent model for the skills necessary to succeed in the ever-changing music industry.”
 
Greg Banaszak - Saxophone Journal, 2001

A performer, an educator; a versatile musician.  He is heard regularly performing in Des Moines, Iowa with EnglishCourtney Krause, and Scot Sutherland.  

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A graduate of Northern Kentucky University (B.M.) and Kent State University (M.M.).  

Notable awards include 2006 & 2007 ASCAPlus Award and 2015 Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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Tommy’s success is linked to his two primary teachers: Greg Banaszak (international soloist) and Bob Reynolds  (John Mayer, Snarky Puppy).  He models both of their teaching styles in his own classroom at Urbandale High School, where he serves as director of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz One, Musical Pit Orchestra, and the Urbandale J--Hawk Marching Band.  
Prior to Urbandale High School, Tommy taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College, Central College and Woodward Academy.​
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His diverse musical palette stems from his collaboration with a variety of musicians.  Never restricted by a particular genre, Tommy has performed in bands, orchestras, and ensembles both local and national.

He proudly endorses TM Custom tenor saxophones designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness.​​

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