Professor Thomas M. Strohman
Born in Lebanon, Pa. in 1952, Tom Strohman started playing piccolo at the age of six. Under the tutelage of his father, H. Herbert Strohman, he studied flute, saxophone and clarinet. Strohman continued his studies at Lebanon Valley College with Frank Stachow, eventually graduating with a B.S. in Music Education. In addition to earning a M.M. in Jazz Performance from Towson University, he has also studied with Joe Allard, Phil Woods, Walter Bishop, Jr., Adolphe Sandole, Charles DeLaney and John Oberbrunner.
While in high school, Strohman developed an interest in Jazz. As a member of the Lebanon Valley College Jazz Band, he was named Outstanding Musician at the 1974 Quinnipiac Intercollegiate Jazz Festival.
As a free lance musician, he has performed for entertainers Patti Page, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Eddie Fisher, The Four Aces, Della Reese, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, and Clay Aiken. Strohman also recorded for Johnny Winter and Dan Hartman.
As a solo performer, he has had the pleasure of working with the following musicians: Bobby Rosengarten, Ira Sullivan, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Steve Gilmore, Dave Stahl, David Schnitter, John Blake, Jonny Coles, Steve Rudolph, and John Von Ohlem. Strohman was inducted into the Central PA Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Lebanon County Musicians’ Hall of Fame in 2013.
Since 1974, he has been a member of Third Stream, one of Pennsylvania’s finest contemporary bands. In addition to releasing five recordings, the group has also performed in concert with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Livingston Taylor, Jeff Beck, Deodato, Spyro Gyra, Vassar Clements and Phil Wilson.
Strohman’s teaching duties at LVC include directing the Jazz Band and Sax Ensemble, teaching Orchestration class, and giving private lessons in Saxophone and Jazz Studies.