Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator.
He trained as a medical doctor at Cambridge but now makes a living from playing, composing, teaching and creating music education resources.
He has played with many great musicians ranging from Sun Ra & Martyn Bennett to Tommy Smith, Tom Cawley, Billy Jenkins, Geri Allen, Marilyn Crispell, Satoko Fuji, Keith Tippett, and Bill Wells.
He is a co-leader of the bassless Trio AAB, and leads his own projects: His big band Orchestro Interrupto released a critically acclaimed album in 2009 “memorably rich multi layered big band music (4 stars)“ The Guardian and led a new big band project ‘Band of Eden’ in summer 2010 **** “the music was always absorbing and often exhilirating” The Scotsman.
Children’s project Kidsamonium has gone from strength to strength, receiving a Herald Angel award in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007, touring Scotland to audiences of 800 or more in 2008, and playing in Festivals in Europe from Austria to Portugal.and selling out the Bimhuis in Amsterdam in 2009.
He also leads the sextet the Tom Bancroft 6 pack as well as playing in several other long term projects including the Dave Milligan Trio, and the Laura MacDonald sextet.
In 2004 he won the Creative Scotland Award and in 2007 he won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and a Herald Angel award for the performance of Kidsamonium in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has led many large scale community and education projects, including 150 primary school kids performing at the London Jazz Festival, 200 at Perth Concert Hall with classical percussionist Colin Currie, and 100 parents, grandparents and children playing drums and percussion at the Big Stix project at Gateshead Jazz Festival, The Sage.