TOM SHERWOOD joined the percussion section of The Cleveland Orchestra in September 2015.  He previously served as prinicpal percussion of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1999-2015.  A native of Fairfax, Virginia, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was a student of Tom Siwe and the youngest recipient of the Edgard Varèse Memorial Scholarship. He subsequently earned a Master of Music degree from Temple University, studying with the legendary associate principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan Abel. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami for three seasons. Tom is currently the director of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s percussion ensemble program and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2016.