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Tom McGillen
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
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Tom McGillen is an in-demand clinician and authority on amplification and electronics and their application in the modern marching ensemble.  He has recently presented clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Texas Band Master’s Association Convention, Music for All Summer Symposium, and other state Music Conventions. 

Mr. McGillen has served as the audio and electronics specialist for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps since 2010. He has been involved as an audio and electronics specialist with the Music City Mystique and Gateway World Class Independent WGI Percussion Ensembles.  Tom also assisted with the sound system design for the Michigan State University and University of Utah Collegiate Marching Bands. 

In the scholastic realm, Tom is a percussion design consultant and clinician for many marching bands across the country. Since 2011 he has worked with many notable programs including Broken Arrow (OK), Carmel (IN), Cedar Ridge (TX), Owasso (OK), Union (OK), Ronald Reagan (TX) and William Mason High School (OH) among many others. 

Before pursuing consulting full time;  Mr. McGillen was the adjunct professor of percussion at the University of Tulsa from the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2013.  Mr. McGillen served as the District Percussion Specialist and a private teacher for the Broken Arrow Public Schools from 2001 to 2011.  During his time there, the marching band was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion and was a consistent Bands of America Regional Champion.   

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Oklahoma State University.  He is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion Inc, Evans Drum Heads, Planet Waves Cables, and he is a Yamaha Performing Artist.  

You can reach Tom on the web at or by email at