Tom Haines is a UK-based composer, drummer and educator specialising in original Jazz composition, bespoke composition and sound design for dance/physical theatre, and music performance (drums, cajon, keyboards, melodica)
A multi-award-winning Jazz Composer / Arranger, Tom has won international jazz composition and arranging awards in Sardinia (2020, 2018), Italy (2019, 2015), Denmark (2017), UK (2014) and Belgium (2013).
In 2020, his work 'A Tall Tale' was nominated for an Ivor Novello Composer Award in the jazz composition for large ensemble category. Whilst he was also commissioned to composer for the Olso Jazz Ensemble.
In 2019/2020, Tom was awarded a 'Developing Your Creative Practice' grant from the Arts Council of England to establish links with leading jazz composers and ensembles in Germany and Norway, and to create new works for large jazz ensemble, to be premiered in 2021 with the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (COVid-permitting)
Tom has had works performed by big bands and jazz orchestra around the world, including; Fukuda-Gumi (Japan), Jazz Orchestra della Sardegna (Italy), The El Camino College Jazz Orchestra (USA), Queen's University Jazz Ensemble (Canada), Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Belgium), The Pagsberg Big Band & The Vocals (Denmark), Barga Jazz Orchestra (Italy), The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK), The Leeds Conservatoire Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (UK), The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (UK), Walsall Jazz Orchestra (UK).
Bespoke compositions for dance and physical theatre have been commissioned by such companies as Highly Sprung Performance Company, Upswing Aerial Dance Company, The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Ascension Dance, BeingFrank Physical Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Boys Dancing, and Adam Rutherford Dance Company.