Dr. Tomm Roland
Tomm Roland, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from California State University, Sacramento and a Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. His principal teachers have been Ronald Holloway, Daniel Kennedy, and Raymond DesRoches. In addition he also studied South Indian drumming under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar program with T.H. Subahchandran and N. Ganesh Kumar. Tomm has performed in a variety of musical settings throughout the United States, Europe, India, and Japan. Some of his recordings include Take Flight with the Omaha Symphony, Rave On: Live at the Drew, Billy McGuigan’s Billy as Billy, Moses Prey A Paper Moon, the soundtrack to the film Lovely, Still and ambient composer Kevin Keller’s latest release in abstentia. He is the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska, Omaha where he coordinates the percussion program, directs the UNO Percussion Ensemble, and teaches courses on world music and rock 'n' roll. Tomm endorses Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Mountain Rhythm percussion instruments.