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About Tom Alteen

Tom Alteen

(Photo by
, 2019)

Tom grew up in Corner Brook and developed a passion for drums at an early age. He got out of the basement at the age of 15 with the local band, Red Eye. Tom later went on to drum for Crosstown Traffic, Cadillac, the Three of Clubs, and Prosser’s Rock. He currently drums with Dunungbe, a West African djembe and doundoun performance group based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Musubi Drum Circles is an opportunity for Tom Alteen to combine his drumming, education, teaching, and Aikido experiences to serve the community.

"I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way." - Buddy Rich

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Education and Training

Tom's qualifications include:

(T-B, L-R: with Frank Thompson, Arthur Hull, Nellie Hill, Jim Donovan and Michael Deaton)

Other Percussion Teaching Influences

Tom's percussion teaching influences include:

Tom is a strong believer in lifelong learning and seeks out drumming related workshops, clinics, circles, and other learning opportunities.

(Top, L-R: with Zale Seck, 2019; Barry James, 2018; Dave Averre, 2020;
and Anthony Tucker, 2019
Bottom, L-R: with Jorge Luis Torres, 2014; M'bemba Bangoura, 2013; Benny Greb, 2013;
and Chris Sutherland, 2018)

To gain some insights regarding Musubi Drum Circles' clients and gigs, please see:

Past Rhythm Events

Teaching Experiences

  • Chief Instuctor (Dojo-Cho, Fukushidoin)/Instructor, Fudoshin Aikikai, St. John's, NL (2004 - 2008)
  • Part-time Faculty Member, Memorial University of Newfoundland's Faculty of Business Administration, St. John's, NL. Tom taught Business Communications, B2000. (1995–2000)
  • Chief Instuctor (Dojo-Cho), Hydro Aikikai, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, St. John's, NL (1993 - 2004)
  • Guest Instuctor, MUN Aikikai, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL (Summer 1992)
  • Management Informantion Systems (MIS) Education Leader/General Instructor, St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, St. John's, NL (1985 - 1989)

Martial Arts

Tom began practicing Aikido in 1985 and is a Third Degree Blackbelt (Sandan) with the United States Aikido Federation.

Besides practicing Tai Chi and Archery from time-to-time over the years, Tom is currently a member of the:

(Top, Centre: with Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, 1992)

Tom is well versed in the traditional relaxation and warm-up techniques that are used pre- and post- martial arts practice.

Updated on:  January 12, 2021