Tom Long Jr., Director of the Lumberton School of Music earned the prestigious 4 year “Presidential Scholarship” for academics and talent to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he graduated on the Deans List with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance in 2002.
As a young player, Tom was named to the All-South Jersey band 5 consecutive years and in high school was an All-State player on two instruments in both Jazz and Concert bands winning numerous outstanding soloists awards. He was also named to “The Grammy Band” honoring the finest young musicians in the country. At age 16, Tom performed at the Cape May Jazz Festival and arranged and recorded his first album. During this time Tom began to teach instrumental music and theory to players of all ages both privately and in studios throughout the Burlington County Area.
After college, Tom co-founded a new band The Blue Method and began a demanding performance and touring schedule of 130 shows a year while teaching, arranging, composing and traveling throughout the country. Tom has shared stages, billings and recording studios with nationally known performers such as: John Scofield, John Medeski, Peter Nero, Jimmy Bruno, Joey DeFrancesco, Hubert Sumlin, Joan Jett, Mos Def, Raekwon, Jedi Mind Tricks, Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter, Leila James, Fred Wesley (James Brown’s Band), Soulive and Chuck Mangione. He has performed at benefits for some of the greatest sports and entertainment legends in the Philly area including: Donovan McNabb, Dave Schultz, Vince Papale and actor/musician Kevin Bacon.
Tom regularly performs at The Blue Note in New York City, World Café, Warmdaddy’s and countless other venues often to sold out audiences. He has made four full-length albums. Some of his music has been used for television and played in regular rotation on WXPN 88.5 FM. Tom is one of the most versatile musicians around having played a dozen instruments on numerous recordings for several bands. In 2010 Tom opened the Lumberton School of Music in his hometown of Lumberton, NJ to be available to students throughout the South Jersey area.
Just prior to opening the school, Tom broke his back wrestling a bear after a show in Moscow. Despite the injury, he won the match. He has since cut his performance schedule to concentrate on teaching his students.