Tom Burchill is a professional guitarist, acclaimed teacher and award-winning jazz band director, gifted arranger, and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An active freelance guitarist, he performs frequently throughout the metroplex, and has impacted many lives through his teaching and his music.
Tom is the Instructor of Jazz Guitar at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He also is on the Jazz Faculty at Tarleton State University at Stephenville where he teaches guitar, directs Jazz Band 2, teaches Music Appreciation and plays with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches private guitar at the University of Texas at Arlington. Tom was the jazz band director at Weatherford College for 13 years, and held the position of Guitar Artist in Residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for 8 years. He is a highly sought-after clinician and private instructor and teaches at jazz education camps each Summer. During his tenure as a jazz educator, he has had the privilege of performing with a variety of jazz artists including Clark Terry, Peanuts Hucko, Joey Defrancesco, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Marcel Ivory, David Fathead Newman, James Clay, Marvin Stamm, John Fedchock, Bill Watrous, and Phill Woods among others.
An excellent, motivational teacher, Tom is proud of the students he has had the privilege to teach. Altogether, his former students have won more than 10 Grammy awards and have gone on to play with such artists as Snarky Puppy, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Band, Leon Bridges, Miranda Lambert, Kirk Franklin, Toby Keith, Erika Badu, Prince, Snoop Dogg, Frank Foster, Mumford and Sons, Tedeschi Trucks, and Sheryl Crow.
Tom has performed with a number of revered artists and was honored to accompany the late, great Luciano Pavarotti in February of 2002 at his performance at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. He plays regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony where he has performed with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini, and Art Garfunkel.
Tom is also a member of the local group, Brasuka which plays original Brazilian jazz in a style reminiscent of Sergio Mendez. Their first project of all original compositions is to be released in October, 2021. They performed at the JEN conference in Dallas (2018), the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (2019), and play frequently at The Kitchen in Dallas as well as other venues around the Dallas and Fort Worth area. They will perform once again at JEN in Dallas in January of 2022.
Burchill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree in Jazz Education at The University of North Texas where he was a part of the jazz bands, jazz small groups, guitar ensembles, and jazz singers. You can contact him via this website or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full resume.