Tom Wiles is a freelance drummer from the South East with a passion for playing the drums which started at a young age.
Influenced by various musical genres, Tom has gone on to play in bands and ensembles ranging from Jazz, Funk and Blues to Pop, Rock and Disco.
Tom started playing drums at the age of twelve with his local church, just a year after picking up his first drum sticks, and soon realised that music was going to become an important part of his life.
Aged 16, Tom enrolled on the Popular Music Performance Diploma at West Kent College where he studied music history, theory, drum kit, piano, musicianship, aural skills, ensemble skills and stage craft.
After completing his diploma, Tom went on to study Music Performance and Recording (BMus) at The London College Of Music, notably studying drum kit under Chris Baron (The Lion King, All Bluff and Porterage) and tuned percussion with Jeremy Cornes (The John Wilson Orchestra).
Tom made the most of the opportunity to play in many of the jazz ensembles there including the Big Band where he learnt how to be a supportive musician, helping to make everyone else in the band to feel comfortable with their playing.
After graduating from LCM, Tom gained a place on the 12-week Amy’s Yard course as part of the Amy Winehouse Foundation where, as a session drummer, he supported other artists on the course playing on their Pop and Soul tracks.
This intensive school ended with a showcase where Tom performed a Gordon Goodwin Big Band piece called ‘Whodunnit.’
Tom is currently performing on the live circuit, drumming with six-piece function band Disco Odyssey, who play a selection of Dance and Funk covers by Chic, Sister Sledge and Earth Wind and Fire and with Big Bands in West Kent The John Hamilton Band.
Aside from performing live, Tom teaches drum kit at Woodstar School in London, where he helps children with Cerebral Palsy to learn about music. Keen to assist those with additional challenges, Tom’s passion for drum and music is helping young people to get more enjoyment out of life through the power of music. Tom also teaches 1:1 locally and students to become well rounded musicians.
Tom is currently working with Matt Skelton (John Wilson Orchestra) to further develop his jazz repertoire.