What's New!

It’s been a while! After returning from my residency in December 2020 in Beijing, China at Beijing Language and Culture University I was, like all artists, hit with the massive shutdown. After a few months creating a “new normal” I have now set up a broadcast studio from my home studio. I have broadcast for The Kennedy Center, Chinese Embassy, and Fairfax Cable Television along with my brilliant collaborator, Chao Tian as our duo, Dong-Xi. I have also been streaming masterclasses, workshops and performances of my eclectic solo percussion program. I’ve also streamed some of my live soundtracks of silent movies. I was also delighted to return to my longstanding collaboration with Red Well Theatre and provide music and sound design for their production of “Off the Map”.

I’m excited to have a new and ongoing project with the U.S Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti. I recorded a performance workshop video as well as one on my unique career in music entrepreneurship. I have also recorded a solo program for the City of Fairfax Cable Television. 

 Coming up are programs that include a virtual residency at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, the Folk Alliance, and River Road Unitarian Church. I’ll also be presenting a series for Encore Creativity, OLLIE continuing education, St. Stephens St. Agnes School. In addition, I’m continuing my teaching as Associate Professor of Percussion at UDC as well as maintaining and growing my private studio.

 Live performances are slowly returning with performances of my solo program, “Drumming Through Time and Cultures” and a live showing of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” at Franklin Park in Purcellville, VA.

 All the while I’m continuing to upload new video creations to my You Tube Channel. Please visit when you have a moment.

 As always I cherish being to share my work. Please look for new material and above else, stay safe.



 My DVD/Book set, An American Approach to World Percussion was nominated for Drum! Magazine Drummie Award for best drum book of 2016! It is available at http://www.alfred.com/Products/An-American-Approach-to-World-Percussion--00-44486.aspx It can also be found here DVD's 

Rebecca Ritzel The Washington Post stated, in a recent CD review, that Tom is ..."a multi-instrumental genius" for his compelling performance on over fifteen different instruments! 



Tom Teasley:

 World Percussionist/Composer/Educator/

Multi-Instrumentalist/Sound Designer

  • DRUM! Magazine Drummie Award World Percussionist of the Year
  • DRUM! Magazine First runner-up Percussion Clinician
  • Five Fulbright-Hayes Awards for collaborating with indigenous master musicians
  • U.S. Department of State Collaborator for historic performances in Jerusalem, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, New Zealand and Korea
  • WAMA Washington Area Music Award for Outstanding World Music Instrumentalist 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020
  • WAMA Washington Area Music Area Music Award for Outstanding World Music Recording 2015
  • Helen Hayes Awards 2010, 2011, 2016 for Outstanding Sound Design; 2012, 2014,2015, 2017, 2020 nominations
  • Young Audiences of Virginia Artist of The Year
  • Kennedy Center Artist-In-Residence
  • Collaborator with National Symphony
  • Author of An American Approach to World Percussion Book / DVD Published by Alfred Music Publishers
  • Feature Articles in Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazine
  • Endorser/Clinician for Yamaha, Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, Gon Bops, and Cooperman Frame Drums
  • CMJ New World Charting Artist five years straight


Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. He is the 2016 Drummie Award winner for “World Percussionist of the Year by Drum! Magazine. Tom is a 2010, 2011 and 2017 Helen Hayes Theatre Award recipient for outstanding sound design (nominations in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019). Tom tours frequently throughout the world performing and presenting clinics for the instrument companies he endorses including Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, Remo, Gon Bops and others. His educational book /DVD, An American Approach to World Percussion is published by Alfred Publishing. Tom is the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, 2020 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) World Music Instrumentalist of the year. A six-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom collaborated with indigenous musicians and gave historic performances by invitation of U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Samoa, Oman and Jerusalem. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand, Samoa and Korea. Tom earned the Artist-of-the-year award from Young Audiences of Virginia for his creative and educational presentations. His eight CDs have been greeted with international airplay and acclaim. He has been the subject of numerous feature articles in both Modern Drummer Downbeat  and Drum! magazines. Please visit www.tomteasley.com for more information