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
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.
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.