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Tom Sharpe, Composer, Performer

Musician Tom Sharpe breaks out solo

by HPBonfiglio SOUTH HAVEN – If you’ve seen former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung or Mannheim Steamroller in concert during the past decade, it would be easy to confuse Tom Sharpe as the drummer. Until recently, he did sit behind the drum kit for both of those bands. But in that same decade, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and […]

Tom Sharpe with Taiko drum

Mannheim Steamroller drummer from Oswego writes symphony

Tom Sharpe is a master of musical multi-tasking. by Jamie Sotonoff, The Daily Herald The Mannheim Steamroller drummer, acclaimed songwriter and Oswego resident is known for his high-energy, large-sounding performances on percussion instruments — sometimes playing several at once. CDs/DVDs with Tom Sharpe’s music “If you have your eyes closed and you’re just listening, you’re […]

Performance “Worth the price of admission” to concert

Knoxville, Tennessee Originally published December 22, 2014 Courtesy of Over the past thirty years, among the sounds that have become synonymous with Christmas have been the musical treatment of classics by Chip Davis’s Mannheim Steamroller. One of two touring troupes graced the stage of Knoxville’s historic Tennessee Theater to present a sold out crowd […]

Tom Sharpe wth Mannheim Steamroller

Columbus, OH critic calls Sharpe’s drumming “Highlight of the Show.”

By Gary Budzak For The Columbus Dispatch Originally published December 22, 2014 Mannheim Steamroller’s Red touring cast effectively celebrated two milestones during its annual Palace Theatre concert last night. First, a bit of explanation for those who aren’t that familiar with Mannheim Steamroller. It has two groups that tour the country during the holidays. For […]

Chicago Sun-Times interviews Tom Sharpe

BY JEFF ELBEL | FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA Percussionist and composer Chip Davis founded Mannheim Steamroller in 1974. Although Davis experienced great success with the first several gold-selling albums in Mannheim Steamroller’s “Fresh Aire” series, 1984’s “Christmas” skyrocketed to multiplatinum status and became a cultural phenomenon. The album’s rocked-out version of “Deck the Halls” has been […]

Detroit Drummer Tom Sharpe Takes The Stage With Mannheim Steamroller

The WOMC Christmas Concert featuring Mannheim Steamroller is Sunday night at Detroit’s legendary Fox Theater.  It’s the 30th anniversary of “Chip Davis’ Mannheim Christmas”. Behind the drums Sunday you’ll find fellow Detroiter Tom Sharpe. Tom’s another one of those musicians whose birthplace is the Motor City but who has flown under the radar for the […]

Tom Sharpe earns praise from East Coast critics

By Marlene Hall, DCMetro Theater Arts. Originally published Dec 14, 2014 Saturday, Mannheim Steamroller performed at Bethesda’s Music Center at Strathmore. The sold out crowd was enraptured at the matinee and Mannheim Steamroller received a standing ovation at the end. For this concert, Mannheim Steamroller celebrates 30 years since its first Christmas album and 40th […]

Tom Sharpe in Concert

Christopher Long of ShowBizGuru Reviews “Lifting the World.”

TOM SHARPE: Multi-instrumentalist and composer Lifting the World Marathon Records  Blending a progressive rock sensibility with intricate percussion and an undeniable choral majesty, the latest from Tom Sharpe is a symphony of world music — truly a breath of “fresh aire.” Through his longtime work with the platinum-selling New Age ensemble Mannheim Steamroller and iconic former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, Tom Sharpe has earned an impeccable reputation over the years as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist and composer. In 2002, his […]