Tom Foote Bio

Percussionist, Composer and Curriculum Developer




Born in Naples, Italy, Tom has lived and spent extensive time on five continents. He has enjoyed a professional career in drumming with a wide variety of tour, recording and studio experience with the likes of Evelyn "Champagne" King, Ray Choo (Alicia Keys) and Grammy Winner "Speech." He studied at Shepherd College (WV), Berklee College of Music (MA) and Drummer's Collective (NYC). Versed in all styles of music and percussion, he teaches and plays in the New England area and is endorsed by Cappella Drumsticks.  Tom is the founder and developer of the Rhythm Kids and lead the research and development for the Rhythm Kids curriculum. He currently studies African djembe with Moussa Traore, a master drummer from Mali.

Selected Live Performances
The Rose Bowl, CA·Featuring Grammy Winner "Speech"
The Murat Theatre, IN
The Fleet Center, MA
Madison Square Garden, NYC
The Apollo Theatre, NYC
MTV Party Cruise, NYC
The Boston Garden, MA
Great Woods, MA
The Bitter End, NYC
The China Club, NYC
Millbrook Chamber Orchestra, WV

Touring Experience
The Radicals:    US & International (Boston·LA·Atlanta·Paris·South Africa)
Manhattan Project:   East Coast (New York·Boston·Indianapolis·Philadelphia)
EKE (Electric Keyboard Ensemble Sponsored by Yamaha):   East Coast (NY· DC·Virginia·West Virginia)
Evelyn "Champagne" King:   US Mid-Atlantic

Selected Studio Recordings

The Alligator Collection  Various Artists    Music Together, LLC 
The Jaguar Collection   Various Artists   Music Together, LLC
The Elephant Collection  Various Artists  Music Together, LLC 
"Drum Like An Animal"   Tom Foote     InstaGroove Music
"Kimmy Schwimmy: Vol. 3"     Kimmy Schwimmy     Kimmy's Schoolhouse Records
"Kimmy Schwimmy: Vol. 2"     Kimmy Schwimmy     Kimmy's Schoolhouse Records
"You and Me"     The Duncans     NCMG Records
"Safe Again"     Carol McGuirk     Upside Records
"Level Ground"     Level Ground     Upside Records
"More Days Like This"     Boscobel     Upside Records
"Colour Blind Live"     Colour Blind     DMI Studios
"Slinghot"     Cast Recording     Konnnektor Entertainment
"Kraft Cheese and Macaroni"     Promotional Jingle    Pioneer Entertainment

 

Teaching Experience
The Cambridge School of Weston (MA)     Private Instruction
Indian Hill Arts (MA)     Private/Class Instructor
Martinsburg High School (WV)     Jazz, Pop and Percussion Ensemble Instructor
Musselman High School (WV)     Marching Band Drum Instructor
Founder & Developer of the Rhythm Kids curriculum

Trainings & Endorsments
Endorsed by Cappella Drumsticks
Moussa Traore     Mali Master Djembefola
Sory Diabate     Mali Master Djembefola
Mamady Keita   Guinea Master Djembefola (Master Class)
Famadou Konate    Guinea Master Djembefola (Master Class)
Kim Plainfield     Jon Lucian·Tania Maria·Berklee·Drummer's Collective
Terri Lynn Carrington     World Renowned Player·Berklee College of Music
Keith MacMichael     Owner Drum & Guitar Workshop·Adjunct Shepherd College
Joe Galeota     Head of African Studies·Berklee College of Music
HB Bennett     East Coast Offering·Formerly with Prince
Skip Hadden     Weather Report·Berklee


Music Together® Licensed Teacher   Music Together, Princeton, NJ 

Rhythmical Alchemy PlayshopCertification    Arthur Hull (Village Drum Circles)