Thom Gimbel

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Thom Gimbel
Thom Gimbel 2009.jpg
Gimbel performing at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on October 11, 2009
Background information
Born November 1, 1959
Morristown, New Jersey
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, instrumental rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Keyboards, piano, vocals, bass guitar, guitar, saxophone, flute, percussion, drums

Thomas Ellis Gimbel (born November 1, 1959 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a member of the British-American rock band Foreigner.


Early years[edit]

Gimbel started to play drums with his own band in Boston. Later he got interested in the saxophone. He played flute and guitar at Northfield Mount Hermon School in a band called Your Sister's A** with Matt Thurber (drums who later played in The Rings, Travis Hudelson (drums who later played with Rich Deans), Jim Steinwedell (lead guitar who later played in Panzer [CA]), Steven Harriman (lead guitar), and Robert Burns (bass). In the following year he continued to play in bands at school, applying to music schools on the east coast. After high school, Gimbel attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in performance (flute). Не met guitarist John Butcher with whom he toured the United States. He played with Butcher for a few years.


Gimbel became a touring musician with Aerosmith from 1989 until 1995, performing keyboards, saxophone, percussion, and backing vocals. During this time, he appeared in a "Wayne's World" sketch on Saturday Night Live, and in the movie Wayne's World 2, where they performed two songs.


After Aerosmith, Gimbel then joined up with Foreigner, briefly subbing for Scott Gilman in 1993. He later rejoined in April 1995, and has remained a member since. In Foreigner, Gimbel plays rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute, sings backing vocals, and occasionally performs additional keyboards.

Personal life[edit]

When he is not on the road with Foreigner, Gimbel plays golf, teaches music, and plays a wide variety of instruments. He writes and produces for other musicians and sings lead vocals. Tom has three older Brothers and Sisters, and is amongst others related to TV Producer and Emmy winner Roger Gimbel (1925 - 2011)

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