Tom Lagana graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1992 and began his career as a musician in the Walt Disney Jazz Band.
Upon returning to Maryland, jazz legend Charlie Byrd took an interest in Lagana after hearing him play in a local coffeehouse saying, Tom Lagana is one of the most promising jazz guitarists in the area and invited Lagana to sit in with Byrd on several occasions. Later that same year The Tom Lagana Group became the house band at Byrd's venue of choice, The King of France Tavern in Annapolis. The band played to a packed house three nights a week for over a year.
In early 2002 Lagana released his first recording, Patuxent. To debut the CD, the Tom Lagana Group was booked into the Rams Head Mainstage and played to a standing room only audience of over 200 people. After their performance at the Rams Head, the CD began its climb up the National Jazz Airplay Chart where it peaked at #17 over a 10-week period. It was garnering over 370 spins a week across the nation on more than 50 radio stations. Patuxent placed in the “Top 10 Most Requested CDs” for WICN in Worcester, Ma.
Throughout his career Lagana has played in numerous jazz festivals including the Chestertown Jazz Festival, Oregon Ridge Park, Annapolis Jazz Festival, The Mid Atlantic Wine Festival, Federal Hill Festival, and the Kaufmann Music Series. He has previously shared the bill with internationally known jazz icon Herbie Hancock.