Tom Richards is a freelance drummer and teacher based near Fareham, southern England. His portfolio includes performances and recordings with professional show bands, jazz ensembles, musical theatre pit bands, function bands and originals groups.
Tom has travelled overseas with his profession, and has worked for companies including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity X Cruises, and Warner Leisure.
Tom is available as a live/studio session musician and instrumental tutor.
After being introduced to the drums at a young age, Tom quickly became inspired by albums including ‘By the way’, ‘Songs about Jane’, and ‘Absolution’. Later he fell in love with jazz and jazz rock bands/musicians including Steely Dan, Sting, and Chick Corea, who featured drummers including Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd. At College, he achieved grade 8 distinction drums and proceeded to sharpen his skills further, studying with top UK educator, Pete Riley.