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Thom Hannum
University of Massachusetts / DCI Hall of Fame / Carolina Crown - United States


Thom Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation¹s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is best known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is a member of the design team for the Tony Award Winning show "Blast!" In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.  In 2016, Thom was awarded the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award by the National Association for Music Education.

Thom teaches at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band and is the Director of the Marimba Ensemble program. He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Evans Drumheads, the Pearl Corporation, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee. Through the Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Hannum has published a Textbook and corresponding Student Workbook, Championship Concepts For Marching Percussion, which provide many band programs with a comprehensive foundation for percussion education. His instructional video produced by Warner Brothers/Chappell, Fundamental Techniques For Marching Percussion, demonstrates many of the concepts outlined in the books. Thom has published percussion arrangements and solos with Warner Brothers, Rowloff Productions, and Drop6 Media, Inc.

Thom's book, A Percussionist's Guide to CHECK PATTERNS, is currently available by Alfred Publications.
Mr. Hannum is the founder and director of his MOBILE PERCUSSION SEMINAR which offers clinic and workshop programs for high schools and colleges of all ability levels. For more information call 1-800-292-3758 or visit the website at

Thomas P. Hannum, Associate Director/Percussion
UMass Minuteman Band, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
PHONE: 413-545-6060 FAX: 413-545-5631
EMAIL: [email protected]
Mobile Percussion Seminar
126 Mt. Warner Rd.
Hadley, MA 01035
PHONE: 413-549-8066 FAX: 413-549-2044


Thom Hannum's Mobile Percussion Seminar

The UMass Drumline

Equipment Configuration

FFXC1412/A301 Championship CarbonPly Snare Drum

PMTC60234/A301 Championship CrbonPly Tenors Drums

PBDC16-32 Championship CarbonPly Bass Drums

MCKF43 Concert Series Marimba w/ Field Frame

CV2F Concert Vibraphone w/ Field Frame

GAF33 Glockenspiel w/ Field Frame

Professional Series Timpani

BK30003CF Symphonic Series Chimes w/ Field Frame