Tom started learning pipe band drumming from his grandfather (Joseph Bevington) at the age of eight. At this time he was also learning the bagpipes. Drumming wise, he was taught by Jimmy Agnew of St. Catherine’s, Ont., Canada, and at that same time learning classical percussion through his local school district. With Jimmy's example of strict study habits and rudiments study, Tom advanced to Open grade status in short order.
Tom has received PPBSO Champion Supreme Honors through all grade levels during his individual and band career.
He played briefly with "The Clan McFarlane" (1980) and then joined the 78th Fraser’s (1982-1986) while Reid Maxwell was lead-tip. After a brief hiatus Tom began to instruct local bands in Upstate NY, and now teaches many bands and individuals across North America both in person and via web based lessons. He has played for the Toronto Metro Police Band with Drew Duthart in the early 90’s, and then with Peel Regional Police (2001-2004) and with the innovative Toronto Police Pipe Band with LD Doug Stronach. Of recent,Tom has concentrated on helping develop youth talent in the Western New York area.
Tom is a certified snare drumming adjudicator with EUSPBA and PPBSO and holds the highest level of certificate in drumming from the combined Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The Army School of Piping and Drumming and the Institute of Piping, known collectively as the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.