Tom Anderson

Thomas E. Anderson was the director of bands in the Franklin Pierce and Puyallup School Districts from 1970 to 1995. He served as the conductor of the South Sound Symphonic band from 1987 to 2013 and is the former President and Owner of Music Centers Inc.

Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University. As a leading advocate for school music programs, Mr. Anderson was awarded the "Citation of Excellence" from the National Band Association, named "Outstanding Music Educator of the South Puget Sound League," and selected into the Washington Music Educators Association "Music Education Hall of Fame Class of 2000." In October of 2007, Mr. Anderson was inducted into the prestigious Northwest Bandmasters Association.

Tom Anderson is a great mentor, teacher and friend to many in the South Sound Symphonic Band as well as numerous band directors and music educators in the northwest region. Tom made a positive impact on any group he directed and inspired generations of students and teachers. He continues to love music and support music-making by attending local junior high band contests and following the musical achievements of our youth. Tom lives the retired life in North Tacoma. 

Daniel Ott, Composer
Daniel Ott, Composer

Tribute to Tom

As a tribute, the South Sound Symphonic Band is commissioning an original composition in honor of the musical influence Mr. Anderson has bestowed on the community. The composition is being written by a former student of Mr. Anderson's and alumnus to Ferrucci Junior High School and Rogers High School, Daniel Ott. Mr. Ott holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. He currently serves on the faculty of both Juilliard and Fordham University where he is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.

Hear the World Premiere performed by the South Sound Symphonic Band in May 2018! 

We need your help

The South Sound Symphonic Band needs your help to honor Tom with this commissioned work. We are seeking a goal of $10,000 to fund the cost of the piece. Any donations received beyond the $10,000 goal will be allocated to the Thomas E. Anderson Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to high school students who exemplify music excellence. Visit the student scholorship page to find out more and to read about past recipients. 

Goal Progress
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