Since discovering a passion for music at a young age, Tom has been fixated with improving his ability on the drum kit and absorbing as many different types of music as possible. After first being introduced to the kit at the age of twelve by teacher Ian Matthews (Kasabian), he went on to further his musical studies at college and university; ultimately obtaining a first class BA (Hons) degree in Professional Musicianship from the British Institute of Modern Music. During this time Tom was fortunate enough to study with a host of well established and inspirational drummers. These include: James Hester (Cars On Fire, Malakai), Jason Bowld (Pitch Shifter, Bullet For My Valentine), Mark Whitlam (Session), Steve White (The Style Council, Paul Weller) and Craig Blundell (Roland, Steven Wilson).
Having worked as a professional musician for several years, Tom has been able to accumulate a wealth of experience in different facets of the music industry. Live work has included performing with countless bands over the years both nationally and internationally; from local venues to 200,000 capacity festivals with styles ranging from jazz to heavy metal (and everything in-between!). Tom also has plenty of experience in the studio, both with bands and solo artists as a session musician.
Tom has been teaching private drum lessons for over twelve years in the Bristol area and teaching BTEC, Foundation degree and BA classes at The Academy of Music and Sound, Swindon for six years. During this time he has become very experienced and confident as a tutor and lecturer of drums, working with students of all ages and abilities. Tom has also been involved in freelance work for other higher education institutions including the University of Wolverhampton and BIMM. He is also proud to represent the Vic Firth company as a member of their worldwide education team and Roland as a Teacher Ambassador.
Tom also presents drum masterclasses and clinics, working with companies such as Roland, Vic Firth and Protection Racket. He has also been involved in work for Rockschool publishing, Drummer magazine and Rhythm Magazine.