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Thomas Palance

Thomas Palance is known for his versatility as a trumpet player and innovative teacher. Tom started The Orchestra On The Hill in 2007 with five members. Since then, the orchestra has grown to a full professional ensemble delighting audiences with unique concerts. Tom retired from the US Navy Band in Washington DC after 20 years of service where he was the named "The most versatile trumpet player in the US Navy."

At the band Tom held positions of assistant principal trumpet and soloist with the concert band, and soloist with The Commodores Jazz Band. In 2005 Tom relocated to Ipswich, MA with his family where he is a freelance trumpet player, composer, conductor and teacher. Tom has served on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory, The University of New Hampshire and Salem State University and is now a professor at The Berklee College of Music.

Tom has created several collaborative artistic projects using dancers, animators, poets and musicians called “Images” He has released several recordings, the latest titled “Duets” which is a fully improvisational musical conversation with Chris Florio on Guitar and Synth.  “Reflecting Forward” which features his original compositions was released in 2015.

Tom is an artist with The Yamaha instrument Corporation. Tom has performed with The National Symphony Brass Quintet, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Portland Symphony, The Temptations, Dizzy Gillespie, New England Chamber Brass, The Jimmy Dorsey Band and Room Full of Blues.



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