Tom Teasley

Tom Teasley's Biography

Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as "a musical wizard," maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. He is the 2016 Drummie Award-winner for World Percussionist of the Year by Drum! Magazine and a 2010, 2011 and 2017 Helen Hayes Theatre Award recipient for Outstanding Sound Design (nominations in 2012, 2014 and 2015).

Tom tours frequently throughout the world, performing and presenting clinics for the instrument companies he endorses, including Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, Remo, Gon Bops and others. His educational book/DVD, An American Approach to World Percussion, is published by Alfred Music.

Tom is the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Washington Area Music Award (WAMA) World Music Instrumentalist of the Year. A six-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom has collaborated with indigenous musicians and given historic performances by invitation at United States Embassies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Samoa, Oman and Jerusalem. He has been an artist-in-residence at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator, he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand, Samoa and Korea.

Tom has earned the Artist of the Year award from Young Audiences of Virginia for his creative and educational presentations, and his CDs have been greeted with international airplay and acclaim. He has been the subject of numerous feature articles in Modern Drummer, DownBeat and Drum! magazines.

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