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Tom Leddy
Hersey High School, Elk Grove High School, Glenbard East High School
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Tom Leddy is one of the first call drummers in the Chicago area. Fluent in any style or musical setting, he can be seen around town performing and recording with some of Chicago’s top bands. Tom is also an active clinician and educator. During the day, Tom can be found teaching at local high schools.


Tom is currently freelancing and playing with Americana Rock artist Pete Special (Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, The Band).

The Pete Special Band recently performed at Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Ramble. The show was recorded live and was featured on The House of Blues Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd.


After attending Indiana University and DePaul Universities and completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, Tom toured with the popular rock group, Jak Makral. By receiving airplay in most college markets and recording two CD’s, the band helped Tom establish himself as one of the top drummers in Chicago. Jak Makral headlined and opened shows for The BoDeans, Cheap Trick and Hootie and the Blowfish. The band won the Tanqueray Rocks Talent Contest, appeared on Natalie Cole’s Big Break, and had its music featured on a Dick Clark TV special.


When not performing, Tom enjoys teaching at the following schools:

John Hersey High School – Arlington Heights, IL
• Directing the Percussion Ensembles
• Drumline
• Private Instruction

Elk Grove High School – Elk Grove Village, IL
• Percussion Director
o Accomplishments:
 Tom created the Elk Grove H.S Percussion Festival. Now in its 5th year, the fest showcases 20 of the Chicagoland areas top percussion ensembles plus National clinicians.
 Tom also created Percussion Madness. Now in its 7th year, the show is a combination of comedy and percussion.


Tom has played/recorded with and/or appeared on the same bill as:
Hootie and the Blowfish, Cheap Trick, Eddie Vedder, The BoDeans, Natalie Cole, Rick Danko of The Band, Randy Brecker, Dick Clark, Shawn Pelton and Levon Helms’ Midnight Ramble.

Tom has played at these popular places:
Wrigley Field (home plate), Toronto Blues Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, Taste of Chicago, Montreaux Jazz Festival, The House of Blues, The Park West, The Pheasant Run Dinner Theater, The Vic Theater, Buddy Guy’s Legends, CBGB’s, The Ritz, United Center, Navy Pier, Six Flag’s Great America, LA- Universal Studio’s(soundstage) and LasVegas.

Tom as played for these special functions:
The House of Blues Radio Hour, President Clinton, Governor Blagojevich, Guitar Center Drum Off Regional Finals, Tanqueray Rocks Talent Contest, Big Break TV show, JBTV, WXRT, Kevin Mathews Show, WLUP, WCBR, Mike North Show and local access cable TV.
Tom recently played on these CD's:
• Pete Special- Blue Telephone (iTunes, Amazon)
• Tony Ocean- Me and Mrs. Jones (iTunes, Amazon)
• Mike North- The Best of the Mike North Show (iTunes) • Chris Sarlas Orchestra
• Piano Men- live at NVHS CD and DVD
• Various Jingles and demo's
• Pete Special Big Band- Mozart St. (Amazon, CD Baby)