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Thomas Bough

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Thomas Bough


Thomas Bough (b. 1968, St. Paul, Minn.) is an American composer, tubist and band director.

Dr. Bough studied at Southwestern Missouri State University (Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education), and Arizona State University (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Tuba performance). He served as band director at Westwood High School (Mesa, Arizona, 1992-1999) and assistant band director and professor of tuba and euphonium at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois.) In 2005, Dr Bough joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University as director of Athletic Bands; he went on to become director of bands.

Dr. Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha sponsored artist, and performs on the Yamaha 822 CC tuba and Yamaha 822 F tuba. In this capacity, he serves as a brass consultant and guest instructor with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz.

As a performer, Bough has played with the St. Louis Brass Band, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and the Downbeat Dixieland Band, among others.

Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States.

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