GROUP DENNIS DEYOUNG / MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER
Tom Sharpe is the drummer for Dennis DeYoung, the legendary singer/songwriter from the famed rock group STYX. He is also the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, the number one selling Christmas tour of all time. Along with his heavy tour schedule, Tom is also an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer. His own compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University.
Tom's original music is a percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically trained musician, Tom has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment - wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision. With a fresh approach to world music, Tom's high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired!