Tom  Dossett


Heralded as "The Champion of Bass Trombone Music" by the ABRSM
(Robert Sargant, Syllabus Manager, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

About Tom

(For Programme Notes: DOB 14 January 1952)

Tom Dossett has had a rewarding career as a composer. Now his creativity has taken him into the world of literature where he is engaged in writing all kinds of stories when time permits from his busy composing schedule. His composing schedule consists of commissions and writing solos for symphony artists, chamber groups and jazz ensembles.

Heralded as "The Champion of Bass Trombone Music" by the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Tom Dossett is one of the music industry's most versatile composers, arrangers, and producers. Tom has been actively involved in radio, television, stage, film and recording since his first piano lesson at age five. His success as a writer has stretched across a wide range of musical formats such as classical, jazz, rock, country, sacred, blues, Latin and many more. Tom can fit his musical creations to almost any performance situation and at any level. His "A-list" of entertainers credited to his vast musical background includes such names as:

  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Lee Greenwood
  • Richard Carpenter
  • Leslie Uggams
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Roger Miller
  • Roy Clark
  • Melba Moore
  • Richard Stoltzman
  • JoAnne Worley
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Diane Schuur
  • Steve Gadd
  • Henry Mancini
  • and more...

    Tom gained a wealth of experience spanning 20 years in the Air Force including the retired 505th Band, the USAF Academy Band and as the former composer/arranger for the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC writing for America's International Musical Ambassadors. His musical creations have been heard from China to Carnegie Hall. With a break in service he spent a brief time in the LA area writing and having his music performed by such groups as Bill Yeager's highly acclaimed, Grammy nominated Los Angeles Jazz Workshop and Disney bands. He continued as a free lance writer after the Air Force and today is venturing into new musical styles and forms all the time. New chamber music includes compositions for string quartets, trombone quartets, brass quintets, and solo brass instruments such as the bass trombone. Below are some of the performing artists:

  • Steve Norrell (NY Met Opera Orchestra)
  • Randy Campora (Baltimore Symphony)
  • Matthew Guilford (National Symphony)
  • Murray Crewe 1960-2017 (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Paul Pollard (NY Met Opera Orchestra)
  • Dennis Bubert (Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
  • Chris Matten 1953-2015 (USAF Band, Washington, DC-retired)
  • Karl Johnson (US Marine Band, Washington, DC)
  • Jack Schatz (NY Studio Musician)
  • Jonathan Warburton (Solo Artist, Nashville)
  • Jim Bermann (Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet)
  • Don Waldrop (former LA Studio Musician, Bob Florence Band)
  • Thomas Streeter (former Airmen of Note, Illinois Wesleyan University-retired)
  • George Curran (New York Philharmonic)
  • Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • Leslie Lake (English National Opera Orchestra-retired)
  • Michael J. Brown (US Navy Band, Washington, DC)
  • Martin McCain (Texas State University)
  • New Trombone Collective (Netherlands)
  • Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
  • Matyas Veers (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Blair Bollinger (Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Raymond Lam (China Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Among larger productions that have played on radio, television and stage are:

  • "Nashville Memories," a musical show commemorating the radio career of TNN personality and legend, Ralph Emery.
  • "The Beat Goes On" was especially written for Steve Gadd, one of the most influential drummers in jazz and pop music.
  • "Beyond The Call," a multimedia tribute to women in the military, premiered at Constitution Hall, Washington, DC featuring Helen Reddy.
  • The historic production of "Remembering The Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra," toured the US and ended in Carnegie Hall. The creative musical arrangements from that show were produced for a PBS television special under the same title.

  • Short film and jingle credits have included such productions as:

  • "Team Up, America," written for the '84 Olympics and used on a special segment of NBC's "Real People".
  • "Commitment To Excellence," an international short film produced by the USAF Academy for their recruitment,
  • and
  • "Waste Busters," an international jingle written for the Armed Services Network.

  • Over the years, Tom has composed and scored more than a 1000 performed productions in over 12 varied categories. (Go Here to view Tom's complete list of works) With many awards, commissioned works and several CDs to his credits, his music is always fresh and innovative. "Art of the Slide" (suite for trombone quartet) was an award winner chosen from over a hundred applicants worldwide at the 2011 Slide Factory European Trombone Festival held in the Netherlands. As a published writer (e Jazz Lines Publications, Walrus Music Publishing, Hal Leonard, Studio PR-Columbia, Warwick Music-UK, Jackman Music), ASCAP Award winner from 2005 through 2014 and again in 2018, and award-winning composer (from such competitions as NAJE [1981-4th for "Black Crystal"], the BBC Big Band Competition [1996-1st for "Starscape" by the Doncaster Orchestra], and ITA Donald Yaxley Competition [2004-1st for "Trilogy" by Michael Brown]), Tom is constantly working on new projects and productions.

    Tom's professional musical training includes a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University where he studied with Dr. R. Bedford Watkins (piano) and Dr. Thomas Streeter (trombone). Mr. Dossett continued graduate work in composition studying with Koussevitsky International Recording Award-winning composer Roque Cordero at Illinos State University. Among his favorite mentors was his father-in-law, Bill Brown, who worked at NBC as a studio arranger and trombonist working with the likes of the great Don Costa. On a side note, Tom was an aspiring young painter at one time having one of his portraits on The Joey Bishop Show displayed by famed commercial artist, Norman Rockwell. Next to music, baseball is Tom's favorite pastime - go St. Louis Cardinals, and building model WWII aircraft.


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    Now Accepting Commissions For 2018 - 2019

    Tom's published works can be found at:

    Presto Classical

    Warwick Music

    e Jazz Lines Publications

    Walrus Music

    Jackman Music Corporation

    and through these distributers:

    J.W. Pepper

    Boosey & Hawkes


    June Emerson

    additional resources:

    The Wind Repertory Project

    CDs can be found at:

    Tom Dossett: Visiting Old Friends - The Jazz Sounds of Tom Dossett
    The Dossetts: Mixed Bag



    cd Universe


    Inside the USAF Band

    Remembering The Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra 1943-1945, Check it out here.

    Orchestrations by Tom are:
    With My Head In The Clouds,
    Long Ago And Far Away,
    Holiday For Strings,
    A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening


    Visit Naxos, The World's Leading Classical Music Group

    Other Credited CDs


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    For details, story synopsis, and to purchase your copy of the above books, go here.
    (Paperback or Kindle edition)

    "Believe it or not I really didn't read that much as a kid. I loved telling stories and making things up along the way. When I got married, I made up stories and embellished on the books my kids were reading. Finally they said, 'Dad, why don't you start writing this stuff down?'

    After many years, I started paying attention to all kinds of books at all levels; I made up for lost time by reading everything I could get my hands on. I wouldn't suggest doing this, but better late than never. And so, after much thought and deliberation, I went to my iMac, stared at the blank screen and started writing down my thoughts. Who knew?

    Ideas started flowing and now I can't seem to sleep anymore with so many stories floating around in my head. I love it!

    Some of my favorite author quotes follow:"

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
    - Mark Twain

    Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
    - Mark Twain

    In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
    - Mark Twain

    Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
    - Ernest Hemingway

    For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
    - Ernest Hemingway, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

    I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
    - Jane Austen

    We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
    - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

    It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
    - J. K. Rowling

    Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
    - J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999

    I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
    - Edgar Allan Poe

    Action is eloquence.
    - William Shakespeare

    A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
    - Charlotte Bronte




    Music - Audio

  • Recordings of works written for prominent artists
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    Music / Books - Video

  • "Concerto For Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble," Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble, Jonathan Wabrurton, soloist
  • "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines" - USAF Offutt Brass
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  • Matyas Veer
  • Minor 4th Trombone Quartet performing "Road To Topaz"
  • Martin McCain performing "Scenes" with Artina McCain Accompanying
  • Steve Norrell performing "Trilogy"

  • Video of Steve Norrell with Virginia Lamb accompanying


  • New Trombone Collective performing "Art of the Slide"
  • A collection of Tom's musical works
  • Lou Fischer Big Band performing "The Never-ending Ending Blues"



    News (music & books)


    -Small jazz ensemble work / bass trbn. and piano works / orchestra work /


    -Finished, 2017, new work for contra bass trombone and piano; "Cylindrical Prisms for Contra Bass Trombone and Piano." Commissioned by Eric High, St. Norbert College.

    -"Scherzo di bravura" for bass trombone and orchestra; new contemporary composition for 2016. Contact Tom for performance details.

    -"Reflections From The Milky Way" for bass trombone and orchestra; new contemporary composition for 2016. Contact Tom for performance details.

    -Tom has been heralded as THE CHAMPION OF BASS TROMBONE MUSIC by the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)


    -Jonathan Warburton, bass trombonist to perform "Concerto For Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble" with the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble, Mike Fansler conducting on May 5, 2018.

    -Blair Bollinger, bass trombonist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, recently performed "Trilogy" at the 2016 International Trombone Festival at Juilliard.

    -Micah Everett, low brass assistant professor of music at the University of Mississippi, new CD, "Stepping Stones," is now OUT through Potenza Music. His rendition of "Trilogy For Bass Trombone" is wonderful. CHECK IT OUT!

    -Michael Brown did an outstanding performance of "Trilogy For Bass Trombone" on March 26, 2015 at Wakefield HS, Arlington, VA with the US Navy Concert Band


    -National Symphony Bass Trombonist, Matthew Guilford, performed "Carrousel Song" at a recital at Wright State University, Monday night, January 19, 2015, Dayton Campus, Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    -Bass Trombonist, Martin McCain, performed "Trilogy" at the Zagreb Brass Festival in Croatia on November 7th, 2014

    -Bass Trombonist, Jonathan Warburton, performed Dossett works at the University of South Carolina on November 3rd, 2014

    -Chicago's Shout Section Big Band performed "Johnny One Note/One Note Samba" at Fitzgerald's Nightclub on October 22, 2014

    -Bass Trombonist, Jonathan Warburton, performed Tom's trombone quartet, "A Bossa State of Mind" with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra trombone section, September, 2014

    -The Minor 4th Trombone Quartet premiered Tom's newest quartet material on their Georgia Tour at the Univeristy of Georgia and Georgia State University, September 3-6, 2014

    -Released May 27, 2014, "Cruisin" featuring Chicago's Amy Yassinger and The Shout Section Big Band. Hear Tom's arrangement of "For Once In My Life" aired August 2, 2014 on Chicago's WDCB


    -Tom's jazz works were aired on Boston's WBZ 1030 (CBS) "The Jordan Rich Show"

    -Bass Trombonist, Alan Carr, to perform "Trilogy For Bass Trombone" at an upcoming recital in 2014

    -New CD of bass trombone music to include "Trilogy" coming out in early 2014. Recorded by Michael Everett, The University of Mississippi

    -Jordan Fried, bass trombonist, performed "Scenes" Saturday, April 12, 8:00 p.m., Gore Recital Hall, University of Deleware Gore Recital Hall, University of Deleware

    -"The Supers," an arrangement of super hero themes for small jazz sextet and singers, was performed at Utah State University in October, 2013. The arrangement was expanded for chorus and orchestra and premiered on October 26 by The Amercian Festival Chorus and Orchestra on their Pops Concert

    -"Scenes For Bass Trombone and Piano" was well received at the 2013 Great American Brass Band Festival

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    -English Bass Trombonist, Jonathan Warburton performed a concert of Dossett works on his US tour of the Midwest in October-November of 2013. Event: Guest Artist Recital: Jonathan Warburton, bass trombone Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Time: 7:30 PM Location: Recital Studio, MRH 2.608 Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin - Go to Gallery (Image #49) to view Program

    -"Scenes For Bass Trombone and Piano" was performed in Hong Kong at the University of St. Joseph in Macau, Hong Kong Baptist University and on the Hong Kong Radio Station RTHK 4 the 1st week in October, 2013 by Martin McCain

    -Tom with The Minor 4th Trombone Quartet at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop - they premeired the award-wining "Art of the Slide," a new 3-movement trombone quartet

    UPCOMING/NEW and RECENT MUSIC PUBLICATIONS (MP3 samples at Publisher's Site):

    -FOR 2016 - new works to be published through Warwick Music; "Toccata," "Speed Lush," and "The Notorious Captain Winks and Sailor Sedge" - all for bass trombone and piano

    -FOR 2014 - e Jazz Lines "Enemy Approaching" - for little Big Band (A,T,B, 2 Trpts., 1Trbn., Piano, Bass, Drums)

    new publications

    -FOR 2013 - Warwick Music "Art of the Slide" - 3 mov. trombone quartet that placed in the top 5 at the 2011 Slide Factory in Amsterdam; performed by the New Trombone Collective


    • "Cylindrical Prisms for Contra Bass Trombone and Piano" Commissioned by Eric High, St. Norbert College (2017)
    • "Scherzo di bravura" for bass trombone and orchestra (Sept., 2016)
    • "Reflections From The Milky Way" for bass trombone and orchestra (Jun., 2016)
    • "Silent Night" original arrangement for Piano [R. Quick Productions] (Nov., 2014)
    • "Question 22" original composition for Bass Trombone and Piano (Oct., 2014)
    • "Speed Lush" original composition for Bass Trombone and Piano (Oct., 2014)
    • "The Notorious Captain Wink and Sailor Sedge" original composition for Bass Trombone and Piano (Oct., 2014)
    • "Tocatta For Bass Trombone and Piano" original composition (Oct., 2014)
    • "Oh How Lovely Was The Evening" arrangement for The Nauvoo Band (Jul., 2014)
    • "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" arrangement for The Nauvoo Band (Jul., 2014)
    • "Turkey In The Straw" arrangement for The Nauvoo Band (Jul., 2014)
    • "Enemy Approaching" original composition for small jazz band (Jun., 2014 - available through e Jazz Lines Publications) mp3 sample
    • "He Is Risen" arrangement for 3 voices (SAB) and piano (Apr., 2014)
    • "Robotor" original composition for 5 Trombones and Rhythm [Piano, Bass, Drum Set] (Feb., 2014)
    • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" arrangement for Trombone Quartet (Nov., 2013)
    • "The First Noel" arrangement for 3 Voices (SAB) and String Orchestra (Nov., 2013)
    • "Prelude To A Dragon's Flight" for Bass Trombone and String Quartet (Sept.,2013)
    • "Road To Topaz" for Trombone Quartet (Aug., 2013)
    • "A Bossa State of Mind" for Trombone Quartet (Aug., 2013)
    • "The Chase" for Trombone Quarter (Aug., 2013)

    • "Cylindrical Prisms For Bass Trombone and Piano" for Eric High (Jun., 2017)
    • "The Supers" for Utah State University, Caine College of the Arts - Music Dept. (Sept., 2013)
    • "The Supers" (medley of super hero hits) for The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra (Oct., 2013)

  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • Douglas Yeo Discography
  • Israel Performance
  • Pittsburg State



  • "The Blackest Black" (2018; in progress)
  • "The Girl On The Park Bench" (2017; A new novel)
  • "Only Snowflakes Are Perfect" (Jun., 2014; A new novel)
  • "The Newbies Companion To Piano Care" (2013; Paperback or Kindle formats available at Amazon)
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