Thomas J. West is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has eighteen years of experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, orchestra director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. He is currently a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, a unique school which is part of the innovative Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. He is sought after as a clinician for integrating current technology and social media into music classrooms.
I take commissions for original works or arrangements for any instrumental music ensemble or contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble. My current fee for original wind band, string orchestra, or full orchestra works is $1000.00 USD per piece. My fee for original chamber music works for any instrumentation is $500.00 USD. My fee for a cappella arrangements is $100 per song plus the cost of proper compulsory licensing (usually $15 fee plus standard rates depending on the kind of media the recording will be released on). To commission me for an original composition, please fill out the form on my Contact page. To commission me for an a cappella arrangement, please visit my A Cappella page.
I also provide services for in-service presentations, rehearsal clinics, and adjudication. Please visit my Clinics page for a full description.
For students around the world who speak english, I am available for private music instruction via Webcam. Visit the Webcam Lessons page for details.