|On stage with the Johannes Linstead quintet in Quebec|
Photo: Hugo Lacroix
|Jordan Abraham, Ron Miller, Tom Bigas, |
Johannes Linstead, Geoff Hlibka
Tom Bigas began his drumming life as a teenager, when he joined the very active and exciting drum and bugle corps movement in Hamilton. There are two carry-over experiences that have stayed with Bigas through the years since drum corps as he continues to work in music: First, he understands the importance of putting on a show and entertaining the audience. Just as "the show" is the ultimate meaning behind a drums corps, so it is with every live music show he plays today. Bigas is comfortable on stage and is fully engaged in his work and animated in his playing; he becomes part of the performance, not simply a sideman covering a part. Second, he is committed to coaching and training. Bigas has recently worked as an instructor with drum corps in Simcoe Ontario, the McMaster Marching Band, and as a volunteer with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's instrumental music program.