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Tom is one of the founding members of the Midwest Connection, having marched with the Classic Cavaliers previously. He started his drum corps career at the age of 14 with the Ottawa (Illinois) Crusaders, then moved on to the Norwood Park Imperials of Chicago. After earning his Bachelor of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University, Tom embarked on a 40 year career as a professional recording engineer and educator. He is a member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors guild and the Audio Engineering Society.