Hello to you, wherever you are. I hope life is giving you a great and wonderful ride; it sure has been for me. It’s had its share of bumps and bruises for sure, and some downright tough times, but I sure can’t complain with all I’m blessed with.
I was born on Thanksgiving Day, November the 28th, 19?? (you guess), right after they invented dirt. My Mom and Dad named me Tom, now think about that, isn’t that a bit cruel, being born on Thanksgiving Day and being named Tom? It’s been a great name however, works just fine. My middle name came from my maternal Grandfather, one of the biggest influences on my life. Grandpa Frost had a beautiful tenor voice, singing at over 3,500 funerals, it’s how he paid for his and Grandma’s plots….true story. As a kid we moved 16 times all over the west coast and finally landed in Spokane Washington, where I guess I grew up more or less.
Both my Mother and Father are extremely musical. Mom’s a concert pianist, choral director, composer and teacher extraordinaire, still teaching 40-50 piano students each week at the young age of 76. She can still fly on the piano. I love listening to her play. Dad has a gorgeous bass voice and grew up playing the trumpet. I followed in his footsteps and played the trumpet, some French horn and baritone as well as the electric bass in concert bands and jazz lab bands all the way through High School. Mom says that I sang before I spoke. The words to that first song were “Silent Night, Holy Night…Ally calm , Ally bright”. I sang in the church and school choirs all the way into college. Mom tried to teach me piano when I was about 8 years old….that lasted about eight months. I really wish I would have stuck with it because at about 17 years old I returned to it and taught myself to play the piano and guitar by ear. It’s been a huge love ever since.
I always knew I wanted to be a Chiropractor, ever since meeting the Moore family my senior year of High School that is. So that’s what I did. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College. The preacher that gave the commencement address said “that some of you are graduating Summa Cum Laude, others Magna Cum Laude….the rest of you just thank the Laude that you’re getting’ out at all”. I practiced in Dallas Texas for almost 14 years until I went down with the worst neck disc herniation’s I’d ever seen in all my years of practicing, I could now really relate to the extreme pain that so many of my patients had gone through. I’d always told my patients that if I could make a decent living at it, I’d sing for a living and do Chiropractic in a heartbeat. Well I’m doing part of that, singing that is, and I still maintain my license in Texas and in Missouri. I went on to get a certification as a Chiropractic Neurologist and actually opened a learning center for kids and adults here in Branson with my oldest son Brydon a few years ago. It was going super well and we were really helping a lot of kids especially, but it was just too much to keep up with it and the show business, so we sold it and really turned our attention to the mission of our show and us as entertainers.
Sports have always been a big part of my life. I actively participated in basketball and tennis until the disc injury, playing one or the other 4-5 times a week. I coached the boys from about 4 years old on, first in the Boys and Girls Club league then on into select league ball in the Dallas area and on into the private High School as the assistant and then head basketball coach and athletic director. I did that all the way up until Garon graduated about 3 years ago or so. He and I even continued coaching together for one more year after his graduation. Both of the boys were phenomenal ball handlers and point guards talking to some nearly 20 colleges between the two of them. We absolutely loved seeing every single one of their games. They were a lot of fun to watch play ball because they were so good.
What we do is the hardest work I’ve ever taken on, but I really do love it, especially getting up there on stage with part or all of the family. We perform about 200 shows a year, most in our theater in Branson, but all over the world as well. My favorite place to perform is over in Germany, which we have done for 3 out of the last 4 years. I’m like a kid in a candy shop over there, getting to speak German and eat that incredible food. That’s where I served a two year mission for our church quite a few years ago but I still love everything German, especially the people. I love seeing people smile and laugh and cry and changing a heart or two from our music. There’s nothing quite like it.
Well if you want to read more there are a bunch of short answers to questions that Brydon gave us all to help write these personal bios, but don’t feel any pressure. All that can be found below. Thanks for looking into our web site. Hope to see you soon.
FUN FACTS ABOUT TOM
Birthday: November 28th
Artistic influences: Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, James Taylor
Sounds like: I’ve been told – Vince Gill;
Favorite musical artists: The Kings Singers; Vince Gill; James Taylor
Favorite movies: Man From Snowy River; Lord of the Rings; Bourne Ultimatum
Favorite books: Power of Positive Thinking; Lord of the Rings trilogy; Chronicles of Narnia; As a man Thinketh
Who are some people who inspire you? The Kings Singers; anyone who excels at what they do through hard work and mastering something; God
Interests: Tennis; performing Music; Sing; Watch movies; Play tennis
Schooling: Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, Cleveland Chiropractic College; Certified Chiropractic Neurologist