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Tom  Pylinski

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Tom  Pylinski
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Johnson Center 120

Instructor of Applied Trombone and Euphonium


  • B.M. in Trombone Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • M.M. in Trombone Performance from The University of Akron.


Thomas Edward Pylinski has studied with Ed Zadrozny, Steve Witser, Rick Stout, Hal Reynolds and John Marcellus. Today, Tom maintains an active career as a freelance trombonist and private music teacher in Northeast Ohio. He is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the orchestras of Cleveland, Toledo, Wheeling, Erie, and many others. In addition, he was a finalist at the 2010 Roanoke Symphony Orchestra principal trombone audition and runner-up at the 2008 Erie Philharmonic Orchestra principal trombone audition.

Tom has spent summers at Tanglewood, the Chautauqua Institution, in Colorado as a fellow of the National Repertory Orchestra, and in Ohio where he is currently principal trombonist of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. He has performed with such notable acts as the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, Todd Rundgren, Clay Walker, Amy Grant, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Newman, and Josh Groban. He has also performed in Canada and Europe as well as under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Tom is Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass and former director of the Jazz Ensemble at Malone University and has taught at Ashland University, the University of Akron, the Avon School of Music and the Strongsville Academy of Music. He has taught in the Ohio public school system and at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention in Columbus. In addition to his performance and teaching posts, Tom serves on the literature review staff of the International Trombone Association Journal, where he has recently had published several reviews of works for trombone ensemble. He makes his home in Munroe Falls with his wife Janice, who is a music therapist, and their son Matthew.

Teaching Assignments

  • Applied Trombone
  • Applied Euphonium