Tom Torrento is a licensed, professional educator and musician. He has a passion for developing a high self-worth in his students using music education as a vehicle for growth, and works tirelessly to emphasize the value of music within the individual and in society as a whole. In the 2017-2018 year, Tom was named the Region 9 Michigan Department of Education Teacher of the Year, the MSBOA District XVI Director of the Year, as well as the Michigan Recipient of School Band & Orchestra Magazine’s 50 Directors Who Make A Difference.
?At the age of 15, he co-founded the Warren (MI) based rock band PBM, proving that there is just as much a place for horns in popular music today as there was twenty to fifty years ago. He also proved that a life in music can lead to success on many levels. For 11 years, Tom performed at bars, music halls, festivals, clubs and colleges in over 40 states, performed in several cities throughout the United Kingdom and traveled over 250,000 miles. During this time, Tom played trumpet, flugelhorn and sang on six albums, including one album nationally distributed, and several distributed in England, France, Germany and Scotland. He and his band mates appeared on Season 1 of NBC’s hit reality show, America’s Got Talent, making it all the way to the semifinals.
Mr. Torrento is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Education from Oakland University where he was awarded a half assistantship allowing him to continue to further his teaching while completing the degree. Tom earned his Master of Arts Degree in Band Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2015, and his Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2012, graduating with honors from both schools. He currently serves as the Director of Bands, guiding and growing all aspects of the North High School & Parcells Middle School Band programs in the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System.
In addition to teaching, Tom is also an active member in ITG – International Trumpet Guild as well as NAfME, and the MEA. Tom lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his beautiful wife Jenna, his daughter Charlotte (6), and his sons Collin (3) & Crosby (1), and enjoys performing with local musicians and theatre organizations whenever his busy schedule allows.
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