Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in tuba performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds a B.S. degree in music education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999-2005, Bough served as the assistant director of Bands and professor of tuba and euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. From 1992-1999, he was the band director at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ.
Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha-sponsored
Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician and adjudicator for concert band, marching band and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music Press
In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, “Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough.” This disc features three original concerti for solo brass instruments and wind band, as well as a transcription of the “Concerto in Eb” by Neruda. It is available on the Summit Records label.
Learn more about his work on his website.