Tom Glaister

Drums, Percussion and Marimba Instructor

Tom Glaister began his professional performance experience while in high school as an extra percussionist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in Syracuse, N.Y. He earned his living  as a drummer/percussionist for the next fifteen years in Syracuse and the Boston/Cape Cod area that included two albums for RCA records and opening act concert performances with the Allman brothers, Jefferson Airplane, John Mayall and Three Dog Night. With two children to put through college a family decision was made to move to Tampa.  Immediately Tom enrolled at the University of South Florida where he earned a BA in Percussion performance. Upon graduation he took a position as percussion instructor at Florida Southern College. At the same time Tom worked as a percussionist backing a variety acts that included Diane Schuur, Johnny Varro, Jerry Jerome, Doc Severinsen, Guy Lombardo, Tommy Tune, Three Irish Tenors, Johnny Mathis, Dennis DeYoung, Steve Lawrance & Eydie Gormet, Phyllis Diller, Peter Cettera, Patrick Wilson and the Florida Orchestra.

While teaching at FSC he earned a teaching certification from the State of Florida in Music Education. He began his public school teaching at Harrison Center for the Arts and Lakeland High School as assistant orchestra director at Harrison and assistant band director at Lakeland in 1990. Over the next nine years Tom taught both elementary music and middle school band in Hillsborough County. In 1999, while playing drums for a school show at Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg, it came to light that the school needed a band director. Tom accepted the job and remained at Shorecrest for the next fifteen years teaching Beginning Band, Middle School Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Rock Band, Pep Band and AP Music Theory. Tom returned to college in 2008, earning a Masters in Music Ed. from the University of Central Florida. Tom retired from Shorecrest at the end of the 2015 school year. During his tenure at Shorecrest the band musicians earned high ratings at both Concert and Solo and Ensemble festivals. In addition several musicians over the years were selected for both All-State and All-County Bands. Tom is also proud of the fact that several Shorecrest graduates chose to major in music at college, or at least perform with a music group at the school they attended.

Tom is very excited to be able to continue his teaching at the Music Showcase School of Music and be able to influence more young and not-so-young people to make music a permanent part of their life.