Thomas J. West

Thomas J. West is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over twenty years of experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, orchestra director, private instructor, arranger/composer, and marching drill writer in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as a music adjudicator for Drum Corps International since 2016. He has served as a music, visual, and jazz judge for the Cavalcade of Bands Association since 2008. He also sings professionally with KeyStone A Cappella and performs as a freelance clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist. He currently is the instrumental music teacher, jazz studies instructor, and blended learning coordinator for Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School's Center for Performing and Fine Arts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Penn State University, was an Associate Director for the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005, and holds memberships in NAfME, PMEA, JEN, ASCAP, and CASA.


Mr. West provides both local (within 10 miles of Downingtown, PA USA) and online music lessons via webcam. For local lessons, please contact Mr. West directly. For online lessons, please visit Mr. West's TakeLessons profile.

Mr. West composes and arranges music for scholastic and community bands, WGI Indoor Winds ensembles, chamber ensembles, and contemporary vocal groups, including contemporary a cappella, barbershop quartets, and barbershop choruses. Mr. West's instrumental compositions will be available soon on the Licks and Kicks website. For more on Mr. West's contemporary a cappella and barbershop harmony arrangements, visit the A Cappella page. To learn more about Mr. West's instrumental music compositions, visit the Composition page. To commission Mr. West for an arrangement or composition project, please contact him.

Mr. West regularly serves as an adjudicator for marching band, drum corps, and jazz band competitions and is available for clinics and masterclasses with concert bands, marching bands, drum corps, jazz bands, contemporary a cappella, and barbershop harmony. Please contact Mr. West for a quote.

Mr. West performs as a freelance woodwind instrumentalist and vocalist for various events and ensembles, including solo jazz and pop music for private and corporate events, reeds book performing for musical theater, session playing for studios, voiceover work, and substitute performing for ensembles. To hire Mr. West for a private or corporate function, visit his GigMasters profile or contact him directly.

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