Primary Instrument: Trumpet
With music degrees from Ithaca College and The Eastman School of Music, Tom Davis has been an educator for 22 years at the high school level. He has studied trumpet with Herb Mueller and Vincent DiMartino and has studied jazz improvisation and/or composition with Bill Dobbins, Rayburn Wright, Ramon Ricker, John LaBarbera, Steve Brown, Samuel Adler, Robert Morris, and Dana Wilson.
In addition to performing with a local jazz quintet, “Exit 41”, Tom has performed with Tom Harrell, Bill Dobbins, and Slam Stewart and has composed for the New Orleans Brass Quintet, Jim Pugh, Sir Roland Hanna, and Wynton Marsalis.
His ensembles have hosted guest artists and clinicians Jim Pugh, Barry Harris, Tom Christiansen, Jeff Jarvis, Bob Thompson, John Fedchock, Dave Mancini, Dennis DiBlasio, Willy Thomas, David Glasser, and Jon Faddis. In 1996 the Canandaigua Academy Jazz Ensemble (under Davis’ direction) was a finalist in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Ensemble Competition hosted by the Lincoln Center Jazz Ensemble and Wynton Marsalis.
Tom currently has over 60 jazz and concert band compositions published with Educational Programs Publications (EPP), Heritage Jazz Works (a division of Lorenz), Kendor Music, and Warner Brothers Publications, and has been commissioned by schools to write original compositions for their programs. The latest work--Island of Introspection �was written for the 2002-2003 New Trier High School Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Jim Warrick.
Tom has been active as a conductor and clinician, conducting All-County and Honors groups including the Connecticut Eastern Regional Junior High Jazz Ensemble. He is a clinician for Heritage Festivals ( Salt Lake City, Utah) and has adjudicated festivals in New York City, New Jersey, and Orlando, Florida. Davis is currently the K-12 Music Supervisor of the Canandaigua City School District. His web-site offers free exercises for high school and college jazz musicians.
A talented public school band director in Canandaigua, New York, Tom earned his undergraduate degree in music education from Ithaca College and his masters degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. His prominent teachers include Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, Manny Albam, Steve Brown, John LaBarbera, Ramon Ricker, and Vincent DiMartino.