Tom Hyde has been a member of the American Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception and is currently the orchestra’s principal trumpet. Mr. Hyde is also a founding member of the 5th Avenue Brass Quintet and the 24 Karat Brass Ensemble. Over the years he has performed with the San Jose Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and has been guest soloist with the Baroque Sinfonia and the Healdsburg Community Band.
Mr. Hyde first picked up the trumpet in 1954 and, in his words, “hasn’t put it down since, except for a few years in the late ’60s when I thought, mistakenly, that playing guitar might make me more attractive to college girls.” He began freelancing in Sonoma County in 1978 and has performed in numerous shows, accompanied choirs, and played at weddings throughout the county. He has carried his old cornet around the world, strapped to his backpack and up to 15,000 feet to play in the Himalayas, performing on the streets of Kathmandu, Copenhagen, Denmark, Luang Prabang, Santorini, and Taitung.
A math and science teacher at Nonesuch School since 1984, Mr. Hyde currently lives in Graton, where he occasionally plays free concerts for his neighbor’s goats.
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