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Tom Van Schaik
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Tom makes a living doing what most parents tell their kids to stop doing... hitting things. 

Born in Claremont, New Hampshire, Tom's family lived in Vermont and Connecticut before moving to Dallas when he was 10 years old. There he began a formal study of drums and percussion which continues to this day. He attended St. Marks School in Dallas, where his father was Head of the Science Department. After graduation, he attended University of North Texas to study music, earning a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies and minoring in Music Theory. Freelancing around Dallas/Ft Worth since he was 17, he eventually joined a little band from Texas - the Dixie Chicks. His tenure with the girls stretched from 1991-96 including "3 records, many TV shows and countless shows in the US, Japan and Europe". After leaving the Dixie Chicks, he joined the Robert Earl Keen Band in May 1997. "I am so fortunate to be able to tour around the country all these years with my best friends (all incredible musicians) and play such great songs every night. What other job could you have where a crowd of people is cheering and going 
nuts just because you are going to work?". He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion (sticks, brushes, rods & mallets), Aquarian Drumheads, Mapex Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Tom lives in Austin, TX with his wife and their dogs.

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