Like most young drummers, Tommy started out banging on pots and pans. Then a WWII Rolling Bomber drumset. At age 11, the first modern day drumset was a Christmas present.
By high school he was a pro, working with pianist/arranger Bill Kennaugh, Bill Doggett, and saxophonist - Candy Johnson.
In 1969, Tommy attended Berklee, studying with Fred Buda and Alan Dawson. In December 1969, he returned to Detroit. From then until 1977, he would play and record with rock group "Dust" and rock/R&B horn band, "First Gear," featuring Larnelle Harris. During this time there was studio work in Detroit at GM Recording, Pampa, United, Golden World, The Funk Factory and Motown. Tommy also recorded during this period at studios in L.A., Minneapolis, Miami, New York, Orlando, and Nashville.
In January 1977, Tommy moved to Nashville, TN to tour and record with Gene Cotton and American Ace, followed by rock group RPM. This lead to a full time recording assion career.
Tommy has played on recordings by Ricky Van Shelton, Foster and Lloyd, Michael Martin Murphy, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Gene Cotton, RPM, Jo-el Sonnier, Holly Dunn, The Statler Brothers, Roy Clark, Jonathon Edwards, Jimmy Hall, Charlie Daniels, Poter Wagoner, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Dan Seals, B.J. Thomas, Riders in the Sky and Kathy Mattea, among many others.
Currently, Tommy is involved with recording and playing with award winning Western Swing artist, Carolyn Martin. He also works with Jimmy Hall and The Prisoners of Love, as he has for almost 30 years.
Tommy was on TV shows: Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, and Prime Time Country on a regular basis. Midnight Special, Carson and Dinah Shore were other TV credits.
Tommy and Nashville legend Jerry Kroon also teach a class, STudio Drummer's Workshop. Billy Mason, Rich Redmond and Chris Brown are alumni.