Tom started his musical studies in suburban Chicago at age 8, sharing a cornet with his brother. In seventh grade he started taking tuba instruction and continued studies through high school and at the University of Illinois, where he was the principal tuba in the concert band and orchestra.
Tom joined the United States Marine Band in 1968 and served as principal tubist from 1972 until his retirement as a Master Gunnery Sergeant in 2000. He is active with the VGMB and serves as the webmaster. Tom enjoys his family, playing tuba and also tennis and travel.