With chops to rival rock’s greatest technicians and the restraint and pop sensibilities of a veteran session player, Tommy Wynder is the rare drummer who can adapt to any musical situation. Whether playing to thousands of fans a year, or laying down tracks for a band that sold 10,000 albums without the help of a major label, you can tell why Wynder is such an in-demand musician immediately after seeing and hearing him play just once.
Wynder’s versatility seems to have been a given since his early days. As a teenager, he played in touring hardcore bands at the same time he was racking up awards at high school jazz band competitions. It’s one thing to be capable in different musical styles, but Wynder was, and is, remarkably fluent across countless genres. As a performer Tommy has shared stages with icons like Aretha Franklin, David Garibaldi, Omar Hakim, Adam Deitch, Bob Becker and Lee Howard Stevens.
Tommy's playing skills are very much natural, but he has also honed them by studying with top educators. In turn, he has become an educator himself. As Director of Percussion for Lake-Lehman High School, he led the percussion program to four consecutive percussion championships in the TOB/TIA circuit, and he is also a percussion and jazz band judge for the National Judges Association judging outdoor and indoor percussion and band competitions. Tommy maintains a large private teaching studio, as well as teaching master classes in percussion at schools.
Tommy endorses Soultone Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans drumheads, Kickport bass drum ports.