Thomas Edward Pylinski earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron. He has studied with Ed Zadrozny, Steve Witser, Rick Stout, Hal Reynolds and John Marcellus. Today, Tom maintains an active career as a freelance trombonist and private music teacher in Northeast Ohio. He is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the orchestras of Cleveland, Toledo, Wheeling, Erie, and many others. In addition to his orchestral posts, he is a member of the Starkweather Brass and the brass quintet at the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in Canton.
Tom has spent summers at Tanglewood, the Chautauqua Institution, in Colorado as a fellow of the National Repertory Orchestra, and in Ohio where he is currently principal trombonist of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. He has performed with such notable acts as the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, Todd Rundgren, Bela Fleck, Clay Walker, Amy Grant, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Newman, Idina Menzel and Josh Groban. He has also performed in Canada and Europe as well as under the batons of Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Tom currently teaches brass instrumentalists at Old Trail School in Akron. For nine years, Tom was Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass and director of the Jazz Ensemble at Malone University. He has taught at Ashland University, the University of Akron, the Avon School of Music, the Strongsville Academy of Music, the Ohio public school system and at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention in Columbus. In addition to his performance and teaching posts, Tom serves on the literature review staff of the International Trombone Association Journal, where he has recently had published several reviews of works for trombone ensemble. He makes his home in Munroe Falls with his wife Janice, who is a music therapist, and their son Matthew.