Tom earned a Bachelors of Music in Jazz performance in 1995 and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1996 both from the University of the Arts. While at the university, Tom earned two awards for his outstanding performance: The Paul D. Patterson Award for Outstanding Percussionist (1995) and the Music Educators National Conference Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996). Tom has taught master classes at Villanova University, The University of the Arts, and Brookdale College. He has and/or currently performs with such local and international groups as Huffamoose, Gerald Veasly, K-Floor, Rosella Washington, Gravy, Peters Cathedral, Michael Dutton, Mia Johnson, Dialects, and Symphony X. From 1996-1999 he recorded numerous songs, commercials, and full-length albums as the house drummer for Sonic Recording Studios. In 2004 Tom was asked to join The University of the Arts percussion faculty and has been teaching for the past 16 years.