Tom Roach

Tom Roach

Drum Set Studio
Gilmora Hall
(902) 867-2106


B.Mus., Berklee College, Boston, MA

Tom Roach’s career as a professional musician has been eclectic and expansive.  His résumé as a freelance musician includes multiple recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and years of touring with world class Canadian artists.  He has performed throughout North America and Europe, from small clubs and community halls, to major concert venues, including New York's Town Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, to a multitude of international music festivals - Tom has had the worldly experience of playing for audiences of 10 to 10,000.  In 2001 Tom joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of The Stadacona Band of The Royal Canadian Navy.  He has continued to perform throughout Canada and Europe, adding performances for Royalty, and representing Canadians at Juno beach celebrations, to his résumé.

Tom's debut recording, "Piano Trios", won the 2006 East Coast Music Awards jazz recording of the year.

Tom graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in performance.  While in Boston, he also studied privately with Bob Gullotti, drummer for the renowned group, The Fringe.  Upon completion of his Berklee studies, Tom participated in the Creative Music Studio's percussion intensive workshop, under the tutelage of drumming legends Jack DeJohnette, Trilok Gurtu and the late Ed Blackwell and Collin Walcott.  Further studies throughout Tom’s career include master lessons with Bob Moses, Dom Famularo, and Cuban master Enrique Plá.

Over his busy 35 year career Tom has also taken many opportunities to teach.  He has been an adjunct professor at both Saint Frances Xavier University and Dalhousie University, conducted and adjudicated ensembles in the public school system, and has taught at numerous music camps and clinics.