Jazz & Classical
Tom's early private instructors were Douglas Bull, Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III, and his primary instructor Wayne Cameron. While playing professionally in Baltimore, Tom took a detour by pursuing a career with the Maryland State Police. He held the rank of First Sergeant for more than half of his 26 year career. He retired in November 2014. In 2009, Tom began playing trumpet regularly with his sights on a return to professional performing. He also returned to college to pursue his dream of completing his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance at Salisbury University where he won jazz scholarships and the Guerrieri Award for Best Recital and Academic Achievement; he graduated, Magna Cum Laude, in December 2016.
His more recent instructors include Rodney Marsalis - Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; and world-renowned lead trumpet player Roger Ingram. While experiencing the artistry of these prestigious artists, Tom has found his way into performing professionally in jazz combos, big bands, symphony orchestras, musicals, Baroque orchestras, chamber music, and other settings. Although a serious player, he has fun meeting and performing with amateur and world class musicians alike. Music speaks to the souls of mankind and makes the world a better place. Peace
Tom plays custom and standard mouthpieces manufactured exclusively by Pickett Brass.
Tom resides in the Salisbury area of Maryland with his wife of 30 years, actress-singer Stephanie Zerbe Davis. 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.
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.