It's all about feel...

Tom's focus on dynamics and sensitivity to the song has rewarded him with the opportunity to play for a diverse group of artists, covering a multitude of styles. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Tom has toured across Canada, the United States and into Europe. He has performed and recorded with an ever-growing list of talented bands and solo artists, including: Sam Weber, Dougal Bain, Jay Sparrow, Dirty Mountain, Aidan Miller, Steph MacPherson, Vince Vaccaro, Devil Woman, Hannah Georgas, Ken Lavigne, BlackAngus, Bučan Bučan, Dustin Bentall, Lakelse, The Human Statues, The Starlight Pops Choir, Annie Nolan, The Paperboys, Johnny Action Figure, Ryan McMahon, Ghost of Science, Lindsay Bryan, Canadian Beauty, Toni Childs, James Kasper and Rick May, plus many more.

When teaching, Tom's focus is on the development of the student's musical voice and sensitivity to the song. He leans less toward the idea of perfect technique, preferring to explore musical flexability, providing more tools to work with. Involving drums in charity work is another passion. Tom unites the local drum community to procure and repair discarded drum kits, donating them to youth organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Tom favours a vintage sound, and often plays various drums from a older time. He also proudly plays and endorses Dream Cymbals, because of their extensive sound palette, hand-hammered craftmanship and distinct vintage tones.

Current projects include: Bučan Bučan, BlackAngus, Lakelse and Devil Woman.

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The Drums

1980's Ludwig "Blackrolite"
1969 Ludwig Supraphonic
1990's Ludwig Bronze Supraphonic
1970's Ludwig Marching Snare
2019 Ludwig Emerald Pearl 110 Anniversary Kit
1956 Slingerland
1960's Ludwig Kit
1970's Ludwig Kit, with 2016 Ludwig Black Beauty Snare
1960 Premier COB Royal Ace
1950's Gretsch COB
1960 Yamaha Yellow Dragon Snare
1990's Ayotte Maple Snare
1980's Premier Marching Snare

1970 Ludwig
1960 Ludwig
1956 Slingerland
2019 Ludwig

13", 16", 22"

Yamaha Manu Katché Hip Gig

10", 13", 16"

Dream Cymbals

Tom uses a mix of Dream Bliss, Vintage Bliss, Dark Matter and Energy Cymbals

Suitcase Kit

A busking kit I made that allows me a "full kit" experience that all fits into the "bass drum"
Includes Dream Cymbals 13" Contact HiHats and 10" Bliss Splash

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About Me

I was born in the Comox Valley, a small region on Vancouver Island, in the most Western part of Canada. Road trips with my Dad featured cassettes filled with The Beatles, Supertramp, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin. My childhood consisted of Star Wars, beach fires and stomping around the wooded areas surrounding my home.

At the age of 8, my Dad and I went to Vancouver for a family reunion. That was the weekend I was introduced to my cousin James, and his drumset.

George Ursan and me

By the time junior high had started, I was deep in love with the drums, spending my evenings after school in the band room, playing the school kit until the janitor would kick me out so he could lock up.

I took every opportunity to play drums, joining dixieland jazz combos, playing in the stage band and jamming after school with my friends. In the summers I would go to the CYMC Jazz program, a local two-week music camp that featured top Jazz players from around the world. It was there, under the tutaledge of George Ursan and Phil Nimmons I learned the importance of dynamics, having good time and most of all, listening.

Set on the path...

In the years that followed, I grew as a musician by taking the lessons that playing Jazz had taught me and applying them to every style of music I could discover. I was the kid who would sneak into bars to play with musicians two and three times my age. No genre was taboo; I wanted to learn it all.

By the time I had graduated high school, I'd established myself in the Valley music community. It was time for deeper waters.

photo credit: Tristan Shouldice I moved to Victoria, BC in hope to play music in a city with a bigger scene, more bands and greater challenges. Now, years later, I've toured across Canada and into the US, found musical inspriation in Europe, played amphitheatres, festival main stages and coffee shops. You can usually find me playing with three or four different bands in town. I'm still hungry to learn and grow, lay down a deep pocket and always, always listen.

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to play with some amazing bands and musicians. I look forward to playing with many more in the days to come.