What's New!

What a couple of years! After returning from Beijing, China in December of 2019 while on a visiting professorship at Beijing Language and Culture University, the massive shutdown hit me as it did all artists. Gradually I gradually reinvented myself, once again, and began streaming live performances, workshops and teaching from my newly renovated studio. I broadcast to China, Haiti and all over the US. I developed an online series for local cable TV and was in virtual residence in Port au Prince, Haiti as a US Department of State teaching artist sharing my work with world percussion and music business concepts. I also streamed for The Kennedy Center, Shenandoah Conservatory and several schools and universities.

My Collaborator, Chao Tian, and I developed music for a Constellation Theatre Company new creation entitled Mysticism and MusicThe Washington Post had this to say about our contribution. Tom Teasley and Chao Tian blaze through a percussion-steeped score that is, by turns, poignant and pulse-quickening. Teasley and Tian keep the exquisite music going, artist-exemplars of the Rumi maxim “You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Adding to my work with the Virginia Commission on the Arts as a touring artist, I am delighted to announce I am a new member of their “Artists in Educations” roster. This will allow me to share more of my educational activities than ever before across the state. 

  January through June of this year I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at the world renown Castleton Festival originally founded by maestro Lauren Maazel. I will be presenting a variety of educational workshops on rhythmic training in January. In February I will collaborate with Steve Wolf with a music and Yoga retreat. We will have this videoed for streaming so that we can share this work worldwide. In March, I’ll perform a solo recital and then be joined by violin virtuoso Eric Silberger who was discovered by Maestro Maazel some years ago. In May Chao Tian, dancer Shu-Chen Cuff and narrator Dietlinde Maazel will collaborate on a program inspired by the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh. During this time, I will be designing a “Sound Graden”,  an outdoor space with percussive sounds installed to include water, rocks, hanging break drums, bamboo wind chimes and much more. I’ll compose a piece to be performed by the community as a celebration of music, nature and community music making.

 I’ll be sharing more updates as they become available. Until that time feel free to browse around the site and enjoy some music and video.

 Stay safe and well,


 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