Educator and Musician
“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.  

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.

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, Jazz 3, and the Urbandale J-Hawk Marching Band.  
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He proudly endorses TM Custom tenor saxophones designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness.​​
My Blog contains stories, music, and upcoming events.  
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.
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.
2020
Solo show: Men for Mental Health featuring new compositions from the upcoming album: Lineage.
World Premiere of Suite of Miniature Thoughts by Charles Savage
English​: performances and rehearsals leading up to the recording of our new EP
Courtney Krause
Faculty Lounge
2019
Courtney Krause
English
Trio with Scot Sutherland and Russ Tomlinson
Canby
Gary Ruschman and featured on new album: Biggest Sky
Ducharme-Jones and featured on new album: Vagabonds and Poets
Faculty Lounge

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