Tom Wells

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What do you do at Walker West?
I teach jazz combos, low brass, and conduct jazz clinics.

Instrument(s)?
Tuba and all brass instruments.

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
Jazz and classical.

Hometown?
Grand Rapids, MI

What are some performance/professional highlights?
I toured the inland waterways for two summers with the American Wind Symphony.

What was your first gig?
Playing with my father’s German Band.

Musical influences?
My entire family.

Favorite album?
Ballads – John Coltrane

Why is music education so important?
Music education is important because it is both universal and very personal, both intellectual and emotional, and both physical and spiritual.

Advice to young musicians?
Consider everyone to be your teacher.