The Metro Big Band
East Texas Jazz Orchestra
XO Artist Since: 2013
Music Genre(s): Classical, Jazz, Worship
Who are your strongest influences?: Joseph Alessi, James Markey, Bob McChesney
Originally from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Tom Mensch is the Minister of Instrumental Music at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Mr. Mensch has served as director of bands and professor of Trombone at Tyler Junior College and as a band director Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas and as Director of Bands at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. Tom has conducted numerous low brass and band clinics throughout North East Texas and has been the clinician for several TMEA Region 4 and 21 concert bands as well as the Four States Honor Concert Band. Most recently, he was honored by the Tyler Youth Orchestra and inducted into the Noted Circle, and was also inducted into Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mr. Mensch is an active performer on tenor trombone with the Rose City Brass Quintet, The Rose City Trombone Quartet, Lead Trombone with the Souled Out Jazz Orchestra and the East Texas Jazz Orchestra, is the Principal Trombonist with the Longview Symphony, is a freelance musician throughout the East Texas Area, and maintains a teaching studio of talented collegiate and high school trombone students. He was a featured soloist with the Stephen F. Austin State University Trombone Choir, the Stephen F. Austin State University Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphonic Band and with 1A State Honor Band, Carlisle High School. As a member of the Metro Big Band, he has performed in Japan, Guatemala, Russia, Ukraine, Scotland, Brazil, and Finland. Mr. Mensch earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1996 and earned his Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2009. Tom is a member of The Texas Music Educators Association, International Trombone Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Green Acres Baptist Church. He is an artist for Jupiter XO instruments. Tom Mensch is happily married to his wife Heather who is alsoa professional bass trombonist, and they have a dog-named Zoe.