Features and Reviews
Guest Performer Tom Brier
Sacramento's Tom Brier used to be California's greatest ragtime secret until the summer of 2001 when he made his debut at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO. In his early thirties, this composing genius caught the ragtime bug when his parents purchased a Schubert mechanical player. He was only 4, but when he started picking out tunes he heard from the piano rolls, his parents immediately found him a teacher. Soon Tom was transcribing his own music and by age 11, he had composed nearly a dozen rags.
Today he has over 140 ragtime compositions to his name. Tom is a mainstay at West Coast ragtime events and has produced several of his own CDs. An avid sheet music collector, Tom is noted for performing and popularizing extremely rare but wonderful rags.