Tom Drake | Jazz Band
Thomas J. Drake is the Musical Director of the Lewis University Jazz Band
and the Lewis University Wind Ensemble since 1995. He is also the Musical
Director and Conductor for the Joliet American Legion Band in Joliet, Illinois.
He was an instructor for the Graduate Seminar and Conducting at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Drake was the Vice-President of the Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association, a clinician/conductor for the Illinois All-State District Band, guest conductor for the Mid-East National Band Association Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia and various clinician/conductor positions throughout the Mid-West. A life-long resident of the Joliet/Lockport area, Mr.Drake has been a member of the Joliet Junior College Community Band, as well as the Chairman of the Music Department and Band Director at Romeoville High School in Romeoville, Illinois. He has performed with T.T. Nelson's Big Band, The Jay Mau Orchestra and Tom Fox's Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra. Tom is also President of Drake Aviation, Inc. based at Lewis University.