Tom Fowler retired from the faculty at Wichita State University where he was Associate Director of the School of Music and Director of Jazz Studies from1980 to 2008. He is currently an applied saxophone instructor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and leader of the New Horizon Bands of Colorado Springs “Kicks” band. In addition, he serves in the jazz mentor program sponsored by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society and assists with jazz ensembles at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
During the early 1970’s Tom lived in Colorado Springs as a member of the North American Air Defense Command Jazz Ensemble (Norad Commanders), and has performed with jazz artists Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Vince DiMartino, Manhattan Transfer, Michel Le Grand and The Four Freshman. Since moving back to Colorado in 2009, Tom has performed with area bands including the Colorado Springs Contemporary Big Band, Swing Connection, Springs City Jazz Band, Bob Montgomery Little Big Band and the Colorado Springs Conservatory Faculty Jazz Quintet.