Tom Bennett is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University and Southern Methodist University. Prior to his appointment in 2000 to the University of Houston, Bennett was Director of Bands at East Texas State University, and had conducted an array of high school bands throughout Texas, several of which won auspicious honours and awards during his tenure. Bennett is the recipient of the Leadership and Achievement Award from the Texas Music Educators Association and the Ross Perot Outstanding Teacher Award from the Richardson Independent School District. He was recently presented with the Grainger Medallion by the International Grainger Society, in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of the music of Percy Grainger. The award was presented in conjunction with the production of Volume IV of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble's survey of Grainger's music. Bennett is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity. He is active nationally as a clinician and adjudicator.