Tom Zosel Scholarship


1955 – 2017








For more than two decades, our friend and colleague Tom Zosel, made sure that everyone had the opportunity to experience music, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what.

His work teaching hundreds of students over the years through lessons, jazz ensembles, and summer camps had a profound impact not only on his students and their families but also every one of us who knew him. His love for music and passion for teaching and helping others learn and grow was infectious. Simply put, Tom was in so many ways the embodiment of what this organization stands for and the impact he made on this organization was matched only by what all of us who knew received from him in return.

In this spirit, Walker|West is proud to announce the creation of the Tom Zosel Scholarship Fund in honor of our friend and colleague. For more information, please contact

Read more about Tom in his own words from his Walker|West biography:

What do you do at Walker West?
I teach band instruments through lessons, in the Summer Music Enrichment Program, Youth Jazz and the American History Band Project.

Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?

Minneapolis, Minnesota

What are some performance/professional highlights?
I played in the band Lights Out Committee, and we played with numerous major acts from 1995 -1998.

What was your first gig?
Playing in my college jazz band

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
The Youth Band’s performances at the Summer Music Enrichment Program

Musical influences?
James Brown, Thelonious Monk, Igor Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong

Favorite album?
The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra’s Dizzy Atmosphere

Why is music education so important?
It’s important because it is multifaceted and lifelong.

Advice to young musicians?
Don’t be afraid to try anything new, and don’t be afraid to try anything old.