Born, raised, and lived his whole life (so far) in the Fox Valley, Tom started his musical career at the ripe old age of 6, taking piano lessons from Sister Marjorie at St. Mary’s grade school. In 5th added trumpet as a second instrument, joining the grade school band. Tom continued his playing at Xavier High School, where he performed in local and school plays, the pep band, and helped lead the “Pseudo Band”, a subset of the pep band that performed for the girls’ athletic events.
Tom started the first of his four college stints as a Music Theory/Composition major at Lawrence University, with trumpet as his performing instrument. He studied trumpet with Bob Levy, composition with Steven Jordheim, and voice with Mari Taniguchi. Tom left Lawrence his sophomore year to become a full-time musician with the band Hijinx.
While in HiJinx, Tom met his wife of 25 years, Jenny. Tom left the world of being a full-time musician behind, and joined the “real world” workforce in order to be able to support a family. He played in other local bands for a few years, but hung up his keyboards to pursue another interest – volleyball.
After 15 or so years of that, when his 25 inch vertical leap fell to a 5 inch vertical leap, he decided to start playing music again. Never giving up on his piano playing, he got back into the music scene reviving his trumpet playing, joining the Fox Cities Swing Band. That fanned the flames of the desire to be back on stage, and when the opportunity arose, he jumped back into rock and roll, first with Midlife Crisis and then Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z.
Tom joined Boogie at the ripe old age of 46 (which is a lot closer to a ripe old age than when he started taking piano), and holds the title of oldest member of the band, by far.