Thom Hannum

Thom Hannum

Thom Hannum is an esteemed educator and author. He has published both a textbook and student workbook for marching percussion with Hal Leonard Corporation as well as several percussion arrangements and solos through Alfred Publishing.

He has marched with both Cadets of Bergenfield and Crossmen drum corps and now acts as associate director for UMass Minuteman Marching Band.

Early Life and Education

Thom Hannum was one of the most acclaimed drum corps percussion educators. As an instructor at University of Massachusetts, he inspired an entire generation of future collegiate percussionists and teachers such as Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer, Alex Beltran, and Jarod Sullivan.

Hannum is best known as the Director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band from 1985-2018. In addition, he served as Arranger for multiple Drum Corps. Hannum currently belongs to various drum corps including Cadets of Bergen County, Crossmen, Star of Indiana and is part of their design team responsible for Tony & Emmy Award Winning Show Blast!

Hannum serves as both product consultant and clinician for Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Pearl Corporation, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets as well as Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets. In addition, he is the author of Championship Concepts for Marching Percussion textbook.

Professional Career

Thom Hannum has over 35 years of experience as both an educator and percussionist, having spent 28 of those years leading the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band as Director from 1985-2018.

Hannum serves as product consultant and clinician for Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drum Company, Evans Drum Heads and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets – as well as authoring Championship Concepts for Marching Percussion published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Nina Brian-Smith is currently an ensemble technician for the Boston Crusaders, having graduated from UMass Amherst with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education under Thom Hannum and Ian Hale. Additionally, she currently marches with Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps while also instructing its Drumline.

Achievement and Honors

Thom Hannum is widely respected for his contributions to drum and bugle corps, both as a performer and arranger. He was honored with induction into both DCI’s Hall of Fame and The Cadets and Crossmen Halls of Fames. Additionally, he has become an esteemed clinician having given seminars across North America as well as internationally.

Hannum has not only served the DCI champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana with his arrangements, but has also participated on the design team for Tony Award-winning Broadway show Blast! In addition, he published with Hal Leonard his book entitled Championship Concepts for Marching Percussion.

At Multibands, Hannum was honored by Kappa Kappa Psi’s Epsilon Nu chapter with its highest award–the Distinguished Service to Music Medal. Currently he serves as Associate Director for University of Massachusetts Minuteman Band.

Personal Life

Thom Hannum has an estimated net worth of $1.5 Million, is married, has two children and lives in Ames, Iowa. Known for his drum corps work he is also known as an author and percussion instructor having presented seminars all across America as well as internationally.

As a percussionist for the Crossmen Corps of Drums in Pennsylvania, he first entered the corps world. Since graduating with a degree in music education from West Chester State College he has taught at University of Massachusetts Amherst as well.

He is renowned as an instructor and designer with DCI Award winning Carolina Crown and has also collaborated with Boston Crusaders and Star of Indiana.

Net Worth

Thom Hannum’s estimated net worth is an estimated $1 Million. Since 1984, Hannum has taught music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned their Distinguished Service to Music Award. Hannum is also an acclaimed clinician, arranger, instructor for high school and college marching bands such as Blue Devils Cadets Cavaliers as well as product consultant/clinician with Avedis Zildjian Cymbals Evans Drum Heads Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets among many other clients.

Hannum is co-author of “Drill Design For Bands And Ensembles.” Additionally, he serves as Senior Advisor for the Boston Crusaders and belongs to both American Bandmasters Association and Percussive Arts Society. Additionally, his wife Linda and their two sons Gregory and William live nearby.

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