Tom Garling has a Masters degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition from the University of Miami. He Toured with Buddy Rich at the age of twenty and Maynard Ferguson for six years (four of which he was musical director). His writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur, and Frank Mantooth. He has been in high demand for over a decade as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity. He currently resides in the Chicago area and teaches jazz compostion and arranging, jazz trombone, and improvisation at the Chicago College of the Performing arts at Roosevelt university, and Northern Iliinois University.
“Best trombone player I’ve heard in thirty years” -Buddy Rich, 1986
“Tom is simply one if the best young musicians I know” -Maynard Ferguson, 1996
Tom Garling: “Maynard Feguson Presents Tom Garling” Concord 1997 “Campin’ Out” Independent 2004
Maynard Ferguson: “These Cats Can Swing” Concord 1995 “One More Trip To Birdland” Concord 1996 “Brass Attitude” Concord 1998 “Big City Rhythm” Concord 1999 (Michael Feinstein) “Swingin’ For Schuur” Concord 2001 (Dianne Schuur)
Buddy Rich: “Buddy Rich And His Big Band At Stadshalle Leonberg, Germany-10th of July 1986” Flyright records, England 1994
Others: Chicago Jazz Ensemble “Kenton ala Russo” Rob Partons Jazz Tech Big Band “Eleventh Hour” Rob Partons Jazz Tech Big Band “Two Different Days” Jo Ann Daugherty- “Range of Motion” Blu Jazz Records 2005 Lisanne Lyons-“Right as Rain” House Cat Records 2000 “A Falconaires Tribute to Frank Mantooth” 2005