Tom Walker’s Gospel Train Big Band, Feat. Marsha Walker
Wm. Thomas ‘Tom’ Walker was born to Salvation Army parents in Columbus, Mississippi and his earliest musical training took place in Salvation Army corps and camping programs. After graduating Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama, Tom earned degrees in trombone performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of North Texas and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.
Over the last thirty years Tom has served on university music faculties in Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri. He spent 23 years at Oklahoma State University as professor of trombone, director of jazz studies, director of music technology and as Associate Dean. In January 2006 Tom accepted a position as Dean of Continuing Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he now makes his home.
In addition to a long career in education, Tom has worked extensively as a trombonist, arranger, and conductor. His musical arrangements have been widely performed, and as a conductor he has worked with many notable jazz musicians. While serving as music director for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame awards show he worked with Steve Allen, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others. He was the recipient of an Angel Award by Excellence in Media for three consecutive years.
Walker has also performed and recorded with the renowned University of North Texas One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band as well as the 10-member jazz trombone ensemble, Spiritual to the Bone that has recorded five CD’s and toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
An active Salvationist, Tom is a member of The Salvation Army St. Louis Gateway Citadel Corps band and teaches the adult Sunday school class. Most important, he is the proud father of three (Cameron, Collin, & Brynn), father-in-law to two (Sarah & Mike), and “Pop” to one magnificent grandson.
For more information about the Big Band visit www.gospeltrainbigband.com/
Wednesday — July 29
- 7:00 pm — Pavilion