Tom Lagana graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1992 and began his career as a musician in the Walt Disney Jazz Band.
Upon returning to Maryland, jazz legend Charlie Byrd took an interest in Lagana after hearing him play in a local coffeehouse saying, "Tom Lagana is one of the most promising jazz guitarists in the area" and invited Lagana to sit in with Byrd on several occasions. Later that same year The Tom Lagana Group became the house band at Byrd's venue of choice, The King of France Tavern in Annapolis. The band played to a packed house three nights a week for over a year.
In early 2002 Lagana released his first recording, Patuxent