Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator who has been working professionally in music for over 30 years. You can explore his previous projects in the Archive section of this website.
Originally trained as a medical doctor Tom now makes a living from music. He has played with musicians ranging from Sun Ra & Martyn Bennett to Geri Allen and Bill Wells and composed music for jazz orchestra, live dance, multi-media. theatre, and film. Currently (as of 2017) Tom is a key member of the 80 piece folk/jazz/classical GRIT Orchestra, plays with the bi-weekly Playtime collective in Edinburgh, leads his own group with pianist Tom Cawley & bassist Per Zanussi called Trio Red, and co-leads the Go Get It Trio with Graeme Stephen.
Tom is a founder member of the Pathhead Music Collective, a collective of 15 professional musicians living in a small Midlothian ex-mining village, where he curates (with Martin Green from LAU) the PIE series of experimental music concerts in a village hall. He leads other irregular creative projects like a quartet with Italian bassist Furio Di Castri, big band Orchestro Interrupto, and the non-jazz electronic/experimental group Vincent – with Japanese avant grade pianist Satoko Fujii and Una McGlone, and performs with the free-improv group UNST – with Una McGlone, Neil Davidson, and Sue MacKenzie.
After running Scottish Jazz record company Caber Music for 7 years, he now co-runs the music education company ABC Creative Music with his twin brother Phil. Tom won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2007 and the Creative Scotland Award.