Tom Gillette, Music Director

Music Director Tom Gillette brings nearly a half century of community and professional band experience to the podium. A Michigan native, Tom attended Michigan State University, where he studied privately with euphonium virtuoso, Leonard Falcone, and performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and the Spartan Marching Band.

Upon completing his studies at MSU, Tom served for 8 years in the United States Navy Music Program, performing as Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone, French Horn Instrumentalist: Drum Major; Ceremonial Band Conductor; soloist and a variety of administrative functions.

Following Naval service, Tom settled in Chicago’s North Shore area, as Managing Editor for several music periodicals.



He had a busy conducting career in church music, local community orchestras and a 26 year tenure with the award winning Waukegan Municipal Band.  He was a public school music educator, private teacher and has performed in 4 competitive British brass bands on both sides of the lake.

He returned home to Michigan in 2010, and continues to enjoy the musical challenges and lifelong friendships that bonds musicians together. Tom joined his first community band at the age of 10 and has never missed a moment of participating in the joy of community music making.  An active member in the MSU Alumni Band association and a lifelong Spartan fan, Tom describes his life and especially his new position with the Meridian Community Band as “Pure Musical Michigan!”

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 542
Okemos, MI  48864

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