Influenced by music and trumpet greats from various eras and styles: Louis Armstrong, Doc Severinsen, Maurice Andre, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson and Freddie Hubbard, Tom performs many styles of music from big band & jazz to classical & ceremonial wedding music. He began playing trumpet at age 9 in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Tom plays custom and standard mouthpieces manufactured exclusively by Pickett - Blackburn, formerly Picket Brass.
Jazz & Classical
Tom resides in the Salisbury area of Maryland with his wife of 32 years, actress-singer Stephanie Zerbe Davis of Hershey, PA.. They met in Baltimore while performing in Anything Goes; Steph on stage & Tom in the pit. They have 4 adult children, all of whom survived various kitchen fires.
Tom Davis' professional music career includes playing many styles from solo, chamber, and orchestral to combo and big band jazz. He currently plays lead trumpet with the Delmarva Big Band, is a member of the Salisbury Brass, Salisbury Syphony Orchestra, and Ear Alliance - a contemporary jazz group.
He has played lead trumpet in performances with Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Alex Norris, Mark Gross, Tim Laushey Jazz Orchestra, and Chuck Baker Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with Jennifer Wills Hope, Nelson Padgett, and Igor Kalnin, among others. Davis has played lead trumpet at the American Music Theatre, and in over 60 musical productions including West Side Story, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Chorus Line.
Davis studied with former Army Staff Sergeant Douglas Bull, Peabody and Penn State Professor Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III, and his primary teacher, Peabody and UMBC Professor Wayne Cameron. He has recently studied with award-winning trumpet player Rodney Marsalis and world renowned lead trumpet player Roger Ingram. Simultaneous with, and sometimes interrupting his career as a trumpet player, Davis joined the Maryland State Police in 1988 and retired in 2014 after 26 years. Nearing the end of his time as a Trooper, Davis returned to college with the goal of obtaining his college degree in music - instrumental performance at Salisbury University, where he won jazz scholarships and the Guerrieri Award for best recital and academic achievement, graduating with honors in 2016.
In 2015, he joined the Snow Hill Police Department as Deputy Chief, and a year later became Chief of Police, before leaving law enforcement to focus on music in early 2019.