Steel (Pan) Drums
TYPE OF WORK DESIRED:TOURING
TEACHING MUSIC LESSONS
CHART READING/WRITING SKILLS :
HOME STUDIO :Home Studio:
ADDITIONAL SKILLS :Additional Skiills:
I am a drummer, percussionist that is a strong reader in all styles, and genres. I've played shows for Disney, Cruise Lines, and other Broadway style productions. I have a strong background in the studio having worked on numerous projects. I am a quick study, and I know when to keep my mouth shut, and do my job. I love good music, regardless the genre, and I dig helping other musicians, and artists realize their visions. Hope to work with you soon.
Resume / Bio:
Nashville based percussionist/educator/clinician/promoter Tom Hurst has supported artists across the spectrum of popular music for 25 years whether behind the drum kit, or playing ethnic percussion. The Backstreet Boys, Gary Allan, Wang Chung, Chuck Wicks, Tiffany, Joe Nichols, Sister Hazel, Tracy Lawrence, Peter Noon of Herman's Hermits, and James Otto are but a sampling of the diverse range of national/international artists that have utilized Tom's performance services for touring and/or recording. Additionally Tom has served as a Disney staff musician performing in numerous ensembles throughout his two decades plus career with that company. He's also been employed by various theatre organizations doing Broadway style pit work for regional theaters, and cruise lines such as American Hawaii (now defunct) out of Honolulu, HI, NCL, and Carnival Cruises.
On the educational front Tom is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Music specializing in Ethnomusicology. He is currently completing his Masters in Music Education serving as a Graduate Assistant in Jazz Studies at UF as well. Tom has taught at every level of music education (grade school program ensemble direction, private lessons, drum and bugle corps and indoor drumlines, college master classes and clinics), and is an adjudicator with over ten years experience serving the Florida Band Masters association assessing solo and ensemble, and marching percussion as well as jazz bands at both the district and state levels.
Tom is the co-founder/owner, and financial manager of Infinity Percussion, and Infinity 2, two independent youth arts competitive percussion performance ensembles with over 90 members combined annually. In addition he serves as the Vice President of Infinity's parent organization, Pageantry Arts Concepts, a 501-c3 non-profit which encompasses several additional independent percussion ensembles from across the state of Florida.
Throughout his career Tom has additionally undertaken multiple non-performance music business related endeavors:
- Contracting Backing Bands for Nashville Based Artists via his Tom Hurst's Loud Jamz networking entity.
- Partnering with Backline Pro of Charlotte, NC, and Total Backline Services of Biloxi to provide instrument rental services in the southeastern U.S. for numerous international touring entities.
- Representing jazz, and world instrumental artists booking shows under his Tom Hurst Presents Loud Jamz promotions company.
- Serving as a Music Manufacturer's product specialist supporting the Ron Tunk's Sales South Eastern Sale Representative team servicing a diverse array of instrument, audio, DJ, and lighting interests in the large chain music retailers of the southeast.
In short, Tom Hurst is a life long musician, and music advocate with extensive experience that still ascribes to the belief that one must be a perpetual student always willing to try new ventures, and never stop learning/improving.