After winning numerous awards in high school and at the Berklee College of Music, Tom went on the road with Buddy Rich in January of 1986 at the age of twenty. He was on Buddy's last touring band before he died in 1987. Buddy once said of him in a video taped interview in Stockholm: 'Tom is going to have a very, very strong future in jazz'. Tom went on to finish his studies at the University of Miami, where he received his Master's degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition. Afterward, he was immediately employed by U of M. to teach improvisation and ear training, direct Big Bands and coach small groups. In the meantime, he played with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Randy Brecker, to name a few. Shortly thereafter, he toured with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band for 6 years, 4 of which he was musical director. Tom has played on numerous albums, including his own Debut album on Concord Records, called 'Maynard Ferguson Presents Tom Garling.' He has also appeared on three Maynard Ferguson albums, as well as Tito Puente's 'Special Delivery', an album by Michael Feinstein and Maynard called 'Big City Rhythm', and five Frank Mantooth albums. In addition to his accomplishments as a soloist, his talents as composer and arranger have been utilized by Maynard, Tito Puente, Liza Minelli, Michael Fienstein, Dianne Schuur, plus countless commissions from professional bands around the country. He also co-produced Maynards recent album called 'Brass Attitude'. Tom currently resides in the Chicago area, and is highly sought after around the world as a recording artist, composer and arranger, teacher, clinician and professional musician at any capacity. Tom Garling plays King trombones and King mouthpieces exclusively Discography Tom Garling: 'Maynard Feguson Presents Tom Garling' Concord 1997 Maynard Ferguson: 'These Cats Can Swing' Concord 1995 'One More Trip To Birdland' Concord 1996 'Brass Attitude' Concord 1998 'Big City Rhythm' Concord 1999 (Michael Feinstein) 'Swingin' For Schuur' Concord 2001 (Dianne Schuur) Buddy Rich: 'Buddy Rich And His Big Band At Stadshalle Leonberg, Germany-10th of July 1986' Flyright records, England 1994 Tito Puente: 'Special Delivery' Concord 1996 Frank Mantooth: 'Suite Tooth' Optimism 1989 'Persevere' Optimism 1990 'Dangerous Precedent' Sea Breeze 1993 'Sophisticated Lady' Sea Breeze 1995 'A Miracle' Sea Breeze 1999 Others: Chicago Jazz Ensemble 'Kenton ala Russo' Rob Partons Jazz Tech Big Band 'Eleventh Hour'