A native of Southern California, Tom Macklin began his trumpet education at the age of seven under the instruction of Jimmy Cannon – a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra. While attending the California State University of Long Beach he continued his studies with Joan LaRue and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Boyd Hood. Mr. Macklin has also studied with world renowned trumpet soloist and composer Anthony Plog.
Hired in 1982 by the Disney Company to perform at EPCOT Center, Mr. Macklin worked there for seventeen years-performing in the groups The Maple Leaf Brass, Future World Brass, and the Magic Kingdom’s World Band. In addition to his duties as a musician he also contributed greatly to those and other Disney groups as an arranger.
In 1994 Tom joined the Orlando Philharmonic’s trumpet section. As a featured soloist, Mr. Macklin has performed the Brandenburg Concerto #2 and the Telemann Concerto in D. He is currently serving his sixth term on the philharmonic’s board of directors.
For the past ten years, Mr. Macklin has considered it an honor to be the trumpet professor at Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Florida. His passion for music education is further fulfilled as a highly sought after clinician, a soloist for Walt Disney’s Magic Music Days program, and with his active private trumpet studio in Orlando.
In the fall of 2007 Tom added the position of Principal Trumpet in the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne, Florida to his busy schedule.
As a free-lance musician, Mr. Macklin performs with the brass quintet The Sovereign Brass, is a Warner Brothers recording artist for education materials, and spends his Decembers as a member of Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Orchestra – holding down the position of piccolo trumpet. His performance resume also includes working with Composer/Conductor John Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Maureen McGovern, Branford Marsalis, Duran Duran, Marvin Hamlisch, Joan Rivers, Joshua Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Itzhak Perlman, Rosemary Clooney, and playing numerous touring Broadway pit orchestras.