Guitar and Guitar Ensemble
In addition to serving as professor of guitar at UCM, Thomas Pender has served as faculty at Longview Community College for twenty-two years, five years at the University of Kansas School of Music two years at UCMO and six years with the Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation. Mr. Pender holds a degree in Music Performance and another degree in Music Composition from The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Pender also served as the guitarist and arranger for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs TD Pack Band for eleven seasons. He performs genres of music that range from Classical, Spanish, Rock and Rhythm and Blues. He regularly performs as a soloist, with various big bands, combos and also is the leader of the Tom Penderblast Ensemble. Mr. Pender has performed in various shows including American Rhapsody featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Rent, Man of LaMancha, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues and Eubie to mention a few. In addition, Mr. Pender has performed with many jazz and Rhythm and Blues groups including Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Mark Pender of the Conan O’Brien Show, O.C. Smith and Claude Fiddler Williams. His recordings include solo guitar as well as innumerable music sessions, TV commercials and radio spots.