A native of Norwich, New York, Tom Pylinski earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with the late Steve Witser of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron, studying with Ed Zadrozny. Additional studies with 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, Columbus, Toledo, Buffalo, Syracuse, Miami (FL), 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 principal trombonist of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. He has performed with such notable acts as Kansas, the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Lee Ann Womack, Todd Rundgren, Bela Fleck, Randy Newman, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also performed in Canada and Europe as well as under the batons of notable conductors such as Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Tilson Thomas. He is an Edwards Artist, playing a custom T396-A trombone.
Tom teaches low brass lessons, brass methods and brass chamber music at the University of Mount Union. For nine years Tom was Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass and Director of the jazz ensemble at Malone University. He has taught at the University of Akron, Ashland University, Old Trail School, 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 had published several reviews of works for trombone ensemble. Dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians, Tom currently serves as Vice President of Local 24 of the American Federation of Musicians. He makes his home in Munroe Falls with his wife Janice, who is a music therapist, and their son Matthew.
“I’ve never loved a trombone more than my T396-A, an instrument expertly designed and crafted by Joseph Alessi and Christan Griego. Producing a powerful, robust, and controlled symphonic sound in every register has never felt so easy! Simply one of the best – if not THE best – horns out there.”