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Thomas Sherwood to join percussion section of The Cleveland Orchestra 

Release:  September 1, 2015

CLEVELAND – Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra have announced the appointment of Thomas Sherwood to the percussion section of The Cleveland Orchestra.  Mr. Sherwood joins the Orchestra the first week of September for the final weekend of concerts at Blossom Music Center.  The Labor Day Weekend concerts take place on September 5 and 6 and feature the music of John Williams. 

Mr. Sherwood has held the position of principal percussion of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1999.  He graduated with a bachelor of music in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  A student of Tom Siwe, he was the youngest recipient of the Edgard Varèse Memorial Scholarship.  He earned his master of music degree from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel (former associate principal percussion of the Philadelphia Orchestra). 

Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Sherwood was a member of Miami’s New World Symphony for three seasons. 

In addition to his work with the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Sherwood is a passionate advocate for contemporary music and music education.  Since 2008 he has been the artistic director and percussionist for the contemporary music ensemble, Sonic Generator.  He also created and has directed the Modern Snare Drum Competition for the past eight seasons, which is an annual event that attracts students from all over the country and has led to the creation of more than a dozen new works for the snare drum.