Tom Walsh graduated from the Jazz Course at the Royal Academy Of Music in London with 1st Class Honours in 2013. Whilst there he learnt with Mike Lovatt, Gareth Lockrane, Nick Smart and Gerard Presencer.
In his first year at college, Tom was the inaugural recipient of the Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz Prize, an award for outstanding jazz performance. This gave him a chance at 18 years of age to play with his quintet to an audience of over 3000 people. Tom left NYJO in 2012, having held the lead trumpet chair with the band for four years.
Tom has played lead and jazz trumpet with some of the UK’s top big bands including: The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, BBC Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Big Band, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, The Stan Tracey Orchestra, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Reuben Fowler Big Band, The Callum Au Big Band and Back To Basie. In light orchestral work Tom has played principal trumpet with John Wilson, The RTE Concert Orchestra and has played with The English National Ballet Orchestra and The London Concert Orchestra.
In the pit, Tom regularly deps on the West End show Wicked and previously has played on Dirty Dancing and Here To Eternity. On TV Tom has played lead trumpet on the live X Factor 2013 Big Band show. He is part of Hamish Stuart’s horn section, and has guested with The London Horns.
In pop and commercial music Tom has played with artists such as Van Morrison, Mick Hucknall and Mica Paris. In February 2014 he co-produced and played on Al Jarreau’s London Gigs at Ronnie Scott’s.
Tom writes and arranges for his own sextet, playing contemporary original tunes and standards. He is the grandson of arranger/composer Robert Farnon and cites Jerry Hey, Derek Watkins, Gerard Presencer, Till Bronner and Michael Brecker as some of his biggest influences.