(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:
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:
Among larger productions that have played on radio, television and stage are:
Short film and jingle credits have included such productions as:
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.
Now Accepting Commissions For 2018 - 2019
Tom's published works can be found at:
and through these distributers:
CDs can be found at:
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, and
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Visit Naxos, The World's Leading Classical Music Group
Other Credited CDs
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
Music / Books - Video
ON THE DRAWING BOARD:
-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)
UPCOMING/RECENT PERFORMANCES - RECORDINGS:
-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
-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
-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)
-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
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