Tom Dossett


Tom Dossett is a composer, arranger, musician and conductor. His work is always fresh, innovative, and filled with different musical colours and styles.

As the former composer/arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, DC, Tom has gained a wealth of experience spanning 20 years writing for America’s International Musical Ambassadors. His Musical creations have been heard from China to Carnegie Hall. From Washington, DC he was later hired as musical director and arranger for the Anita Bryant Show in Branson, but is now back in the DC area.

As a professional arranger he has written for dozens of A-list entertainers and artist including Bobby McFerrin, Lee Greenwood, Henry Mancini, Roy Clark, Diane Schuur, The Four Freshmen, Richard Carpenter, Ricky Skaggs, Melba Moore, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Roger Miller, and Richard Stoltzman.

Among larger productions that have played on radio, television and stage are: Nashville Memories, a musical show commemorating the radio career of TNN personality, Ralph Emery. The Beat Goes On was especially written for Steve Gadd, one of the most influential drummers in jazz and pop music. Beyond The Call, a multimedia tribute to women in the military, premiered at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC featuring Helen Reddy. The historic production of the Glenn Miller, Remembering The Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra, toured the US and ended in Carnegie Hall. The creative musical arrangements from that show were produced for a PBS television special under the same title.

Short film and jingle credits have included Team Up, America, written for the ’84 Olympics and used on a special segment of NBC’s “Real People”. Commitment to Excellence, an international short film produced by the USAF Academy for their recruitment, and Waste Busters, an international jingle written for the Armed Services Network. On the local scene several Washington, DC area businesses have used Tom’s writing for their advertising.

Over the years, Tom has composed and scored more than a 1000 performed productions in over 12 varied categories. With 3 commissioned works and several CDs to his credits, his music is always fresh and innovative. As a published writer, award-winning jazz composer and ASCAP member, Tom is currently working on productions with his sons, Tommy and Toby and plans to come out with a new CD in the future. His professional Musical training includes a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University and graduate work in theory and composition studying with Koussevitzky Award winning composer, Roque Cordero at Illinois State University. Among his favourite mentors was his father-in-law, Bill Brown, an NBC studio arranger and trombonist who worked with the likes of the great Don Costa. On a side note, Tom was an aspiring young painter at one time having one of his portraits on The Joey Bishop Show and displayed by famed commercial artist, Norman Rockwell.