Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Tom McCaslin began his musical training on the trombone at the age of nine and switched to the tuba three years later. Tom has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Tom holds a Licentiate in Music Performance from McGill University and a Master's degree in Music Performance at Arizona State University. Tom's principal teachers include John Griffiths, Fritz Kaenzig, Roger Bobo, Dennis Miller, Floyd Cooley and Samuel Pilafian.
In 2006 he was acting principal Tuba in the Auckland Philharmonia. In 2003 Tom became the first tuba player to return three summers to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, the summer training center for the Boston Symphony. As a soloist, Tom has been a semi-finalist in the Markneukirchen world instrumental competition, a two-time finalist in the Montreal Symphony's concerto competition, a finalist in the National Canadian Music Festival, the winner of both the Saskatchewan Music Festival's Brass division and the Arizona State University's Concerto competition.
He has presented recitals in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and Australia. In 2008 he was featured artist at the International Tuba Euphonium conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also recorded for the Canadian Broadcast Company, National Public Radio, performed on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In 2009 he will release his first solo CD. Currently Tom is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.