Professor of Music, Tuba
Tom Waid began his musical training in his home town of Merritt Island, Florida and is a 1966 graduate of Merritt Island High School. In 1970 he graduated from the University of South Florida. Among his teachers were Don Owen and Don Kneeburg at USF, Connie Weldon of the Miami Philharmonic, Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony and Toby Hanks of the New York Brass Quintet.
During his senior year at USF he began his professional music career by becoming the principle tuba player with the Florida Orchestra. After college he went on to perform with such diverse groups as the Cambridge Brass Quintet of Boston; the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston; the Portland, Maine Symphony; La Orquesta Symphonica del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico and the Contemporary Brass Quintet of Philadelphia. In 1980 he accepted a position with The United States Army Band in Washington D.C. where he stayed for twenty years primarily as a tuba player with the Army Concert Band. Currently, along with his teaching responsibilities at Stetson University, he is also the tuba instructor at Brevard Community College and performs with the Central Florida Winds, the Space Coast Pops Orchestra and the Southern Winds.
Waid is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the American Federation of Musicians. In addition he is certified as a Master Scuba Diving Instructor by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has taught recreational scuba diving at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is also a private pilot.
- B.M.E., University of South Florida, 1970