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boogie woogie baby



Tom has been playing drums, guitar, and piano for more years than he can remember.

He began on drums in third grade.  At Dansville High school, he played various percussion with the marching, the concert, and the jazz bands.  After school, he drummed along with stacks of vinyl from The Who and The Rolling Stones.  He picked up guitar when he went to University (since drum kits were not allowed in the dorm), and later disappeared inside a piano and stayed there for a long time.

Tom was the house piano player at the Hilton in Eugene, OR back in 1993.  In Culiacan, Sinaloa, he had the pleasure and privilege of playing a beautiful Steinway at the Sinaloa Art Museum regularly during his year there, including a performance for the annual dinner for the patrons of the museum.  In 2001, Tom was the pianist at Paradise Inn, up near the tree line on Mt. Rainier, throughout the season.

Along the way, Tom has played in the usual array of bar bands and lived in a series of jam houses.  He also taught University writing and conversation courses for 25 years, with students from some 40 countries around the world.  He took his early retirement in the fall of 2018.

Currently, he lives in his van down by the river.

Instruments and gear

Martin D-28, 1975

Parker Fly Deluxe, 1994

Gibson Les Paul Studio, 1992

Rainsong Black Ice

Taylor 210CE

Mesa Boogie Mark V

Doepfer LMK2+ with an expanded Roland XV3080

Boomerang iii Phrase Sampler

TC Helicon Voicelive Extreme

TC Helicon Mic Mechanic 2

Shure beta 58 or a CAD 90

QSC KW12 & QSC K10

Drum Kit: Gretsch Catalina (22" kick, 14" snare, 14" floor tom), with Zildjian cymbals (22" ride, 18" orchestral crash, and 14" hat), Iron Cobra hat pedal, and a Ludwig SpeedKing kick pedal.  When space is an issue:  a DW Pancake drum for the kick.