Trombonist, composer and arranger Tom Garling was born in 1965 in Illinois. He studied arrangement and composition at Berklee College of Music, but left the college for a year to go on tour with Buddy Rich. In 1987 he began studying jazz interpretation, composition and arrangement at the University of Miami. During this time he performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Randy Brecker. After graduation he toured with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band. Tom Garling currently lives in Chicago, where he teaches, composes and writes arrangements.