Tom was just awarded his third Helen Hayes Award for his work with Constellation Theatre production of Journey to the West.


Please be on the lookout for a release late summer with Woodwind wizard Seth Kibel on their project Tiny Planet.

Tom is also continuing a project with classical guitarist, Peter Fields on a program including Brazilian, Cuban and Argentinian songs as well as world music arrangements of pop tunes by Sting, Al Green and others. Look for audio and video on these projects soon!

Tom's 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 It is also available here DVD's

For the 4th straight year Tom was awarded WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) the 2015 World Music Instrumentalist of the Year. His recent CD, Dreams of India, was also awarded the 2015 World Music Recording of the Year. The soundtrack, Dreams of India is available at iTunes, Amazon CD Baby and this site. Please visit the store to preview and purchase Tom's new CD, Dreams of India

Tom was awarded the Drummie Award by Drum! Magazine for 2016 World Percussionist of the Year. He was also awarded first runner-up for Percussion Clinician of the Year! 

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

"The evenings dazzler..."
-- The Washington Post

"This areas most original one-man-band"
--The Washington Times

"Tom Teasley is incredible!"
--Robert Aubry Davis, WETA Around Town

"No instrument has a limitation for him.”
-- Modern Drummer Magazine

" music guru, Tom Teasley"
-- The Washington Examiner

"...multi-instrumental genius"                             -- The Washington Post                                                                                                                        


  • 2016 DRUM! Magazine Drummie Award World Percussionist of the Year
  • 2016 DRUM! Magazine First runner-up Percussion Clinician
  • Five Fulbright-Hayes Awards for collaborating with indigenous master musicians
  •  U.S. Department of State Cultural Envoy 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 and 2015
  • 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 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. Tom was awarded the Drum! magazine "Drummie"Award" for 2016 "World Percussionist of the Year" and first runner up for "Percussion Clinician". Tom is a 2010, 2011 and 2016 (nominations in 2012, 2014, 2015) Helen Hayes Theater Award recipient for outstanding sound design. 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. He is the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) World Music Instrumentalist of the year. A five-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom collaborated with indigenous musicians and gave historic performances in Saudi Arabia, the West Bank 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 and Samoa. 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. Tom's innovative percussion techniques are documented in the 2016 book / DVD release, An American Approach to World Percussion by Alfred Music. He has been the subject of feature articles in both “Modern Drummer” and “Drum!” magazines. Please visit for more information

Almost from the outset, Tom Teasley has brought percussion up from the background, profoundly demonstrating its strength in solo performance. He is "a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense, musical wizard and multi-instrumental genius" says the Washington Post, calling his contribution to D.C.'s Contemporary Music Forum "the evening's dazzler." He's a "creative bonanza," claims Bruce Wittet in Modern Drummer Magazine; "... give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum and a djembe and he'll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey."

Tom Teasley is a multi-dimensional performer and composer, crossing the boundaries of solo performance through the use of instruments from the world over, and cross-pollinating techniques from diverse traditions, and combining ancient percussion with digital technology.

As a cultural envoy, Teasley has traveled throughout the Middle East on behalf of the US State Department, giving historic performances in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and Iraq in collaboration with indigenous musicians as well as in solo concerts and educational programs. He also shares his engaging experiences and global travels as musical and cultural ambassador in his keynote speaking engagements. He is the recipient of three Fulbright-Hayes Awards. He has also toured extensively, performing at world music and percussion festivals across the US, Europe, South America, New Zealand and Samoa.

Taking his music beyond the concert arena, Teasley has also performed with individual visual artists, such as performance artist Nick Cave, and with art galleries, including Washington, DC's Kreeger Museum of Art, the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, and the Philadelphia Textile Museum. Teasley's project, Sounds You Can SEE began setting the abstract film of Dadaist master Hans Richter and others to his original music and superimposing the images of his performances into the art. He has since added his own multimedia works combining his music with video art. He's equally renowned as a theatrical composer, sound designer and performer, and his work has earned him two Helen Hayes Awards (and four nominations) for outstanding sound design for productions at several Washington, DC, theaters, including the Constellation Theatre and the Folger Theatre. Tom is the 2012, 2013 and 2014 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) winner for "Best World Music Instrumentalist". In addition, he has performed with the National Symphony as both a composer and a soloist, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Levine School of Music.

A dedicated educator, Teasley continues to explore new instruments and playing techniques, and to share his newfound experience in various workshops and clinics. His recent book / DVD set, An American Approach to World Percussion" is published by Alfred Publishing. This is an extensive study pertaining to jazz applications to a wide variety of of world percussion instruments and techniques. PASIC (the Percussion Arts Society International Convention) broke with tradition to feature his presentations three times at the world's largest gathering of percussionists. He has also been a clinician/artist-in-residence at Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Maryland, among others. His innovative fusion of jazz, world and western classical music has earned him many endorsements. Teasley is proud to be supported by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. Please visit for more information.