RHYTHM KIDS™  Founder & President, Tom Foote, was born in Naples, Italy, and has lived and spent extensive time on five continents, expanding his musical vocabulary along the way! He is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion for music and drumming with children. An amazing drummer himself, he has enjoyed a professional career enjoying tour, recording, and studio experience with the like of Evelyn "Champagne" King, Ray Choo, (Alicia Keys), and  Grammy recipient "Speech" of Arrested Development. He studied at Shepherd College (WV), Berklee College of Music (MA), Drummer's Collective (NYC) , and with African drum Masters Moussa Traore, Sori Diabate, from Mali, along with Famadou Konate, Mamady Kieta, and Wadaba from guinea. Versed in all musical styles, Tom continues to teach and play in the New England area, and is endorsed by Capella drumsticks. Developing Rhythm Kids is a dream realized to Tom, and a benefit to all of the kids who are fortunate enough to experience his wonderful program.

Selected Live Performances
The Rose Bowl, CA·Featuring Grammy Winner "Speech"
The Murat Theatre, IN
The Fleet Center, MA
Madison Square Garden, NYC
The Apollo Theatre, NYC
MTV Party Cruise, NYC
The Boston Garden, MA
Great Woods, MA
The Bitter End, NYC
The China Club, NYC
Millbrook Chamber Orchestra, WV

Touring Experience
The Radicals:    US & International (Boston·LA·Atlanta·Paris·South Africa)
Manhattan Project:   East Coast (New York·Boston·Indianapolis·Philadelphia)
EKE:   East Coast (New York·Washington DC·Virginia·West Virginia)
Evelyn "Champagne" King:   US Mid-Atlantic

Selected Studio Recordings
"Drum Like An Animal"   Tom Foote     InstaGroove Music

"Kimmy Schwimmy: Vol. 3"     Kimmy Schwimmy     Kimmy's Schoolhouse Records
"Kimmy Schwimmy: Vol. 2"     Kimmy Schwimmy     Kimmy's Schoolhouse Records
"You and Me"     The Duncans     NCMG Records
"Safe Again"     Carol McGuirk     Upside Records
"Level Ground"     Level Ground     Upside Records
"More Days Like This"     Boscobel     Upside Records
"Colour Blind Live"     Colour Blind     DMI Studios
"Slinghot"     Cast Recording     Konnnektor Entertainment
"Kraft Cheese and Macaroni"     Promotional Jingle    Pioneer Entertainment


Teaching Experience
The Cambridge School of Weston (MA)     Private Instruction
Indian Hill Arts (MA)     Private/Class Instructor
Martinsburg High School (WV)     Jazz, Pop and Percussion Ensemble Instructor
Musselman High School (WV)     Marching Band Drum Instructor
Founder & Developer of the Rhythm Kids curriculum



Training & Endorsements

Endorsed by Cappella Drumsticks
Moussa Traore     Mali Master Djembefola
Sory Diabate     Mali Master Djembefola

Mamady Keita   Guinea Master Djembefola (Master Class)
Famadou Konate    Guinea Master Djembefola (Master Class)
Kim Plainfield     Jon Lucian·Tania Maria·Berklee·Drummer's Collective
Terri Lynn Carrington     World Renowned Player·Berklee College of Music
Keith MacMichael     Owner Drum & Guitar Workshop·Adjunct Shepherd College
Joe Galeota     Head of African Studies·Berklee College of Music
HB Bennett     East Coast Offering·Formerly with Prince
Skip Hadden     Weather Report·Berklee