033 – Tom Hurst: Touring, Teaching, Organizing and Everything in Between
Tom Hurst is known for so many projects that he is involved in that its hard to narrow it down to one that most would identify him with. The artists he’s worked with include The Backstreet Boys, Gary Allan, Wang Chung, Chuck Wicks, Tiffany, Joe Nichols, Sister Hazel, Peter Noon of Herman’s Hermits, James Otto and is currently touring with Tracy Lawrence.
On the educational front Tom is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Music specializing in Ethnomusicology. Tom has taught at every level of music education. Tom is the co-founder/owner, and financial manager of Infinity Percussion, and Infinity 2, two independent youth arts competitive percussion performance ensembles with over 90 members combined annually.
Throughout his career Tom has additionally undertaken multiple non-performance music business related endeavors including Tom Hurst Presents: Loud Jamz promotions company that includes a jam session at Douglas Corner the first monday of (almost) every month that features many of Nashville’s best musicians.
Along with guitarist Chris Nix, and drummer David Parks, Tom helps organize the increasingly popular Nashville Drummers Jam that showcases an iconic drummer with many of Nashville’s top drummers performing songs from the featured drummer. December 14th 2015 is the next performance.
Additionally Tom served as a Disney staff musician performing in numerous ensembles throughout his two decades plus career with the company.
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This interview was conducted September 11th, 2015