Born and raised in Sparta, Greece, Tom Moustos (Thanasi Moustogiannis) had the desire to learn music and be a professional musician from an early age. This passion led his to become a versatile first-call freelance drummer and percussionist, with the ability to support any kind of music, ranging from ethnic/eastern Mediterranean music to pop and jazz. Although his primary focus is the drum set, Tom is also a trained pianist with degrees in both Harmony of Music and Counterpoint.
Tom furthered his educational journey at Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied with many prominent drum instructors and educators such as Frank Donaldson (Bill Withers), Dana Hall (Ray Charles), and Tom Hipskind (Kick The Cat). Later, he graduated with a specialization in Jazz studies. Furthermore, he received a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at N.I.U. having studied with recognized drummer Rodrigo Villanueva (Eddie Gomez Trio).
Tom has shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. Collaborating with Archon Studios, he recorded the soundtracks for hit Disney movies “Teen Beach Movie” (2013) and “Teen Beach Movie 2” (2015). Tom has also collaborated with NeilaProductions Studios for various projects such as the recording with aika (J-pop top 10) for the trailer of Warner Brothers’ movie Ironclad (Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox), recording with guitarist Marty Friedman from band Megadeath and Laura Rizotto’s single “Love It” for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Tom is Available for Private Lessons on Thursdays and Sundays.
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