TT has been a staple in the Joliet music scene since time out of mind. His sixteen years of formal music education began at Keck’s Music Center under Peter Labella, who went on to direct the Joliet Symphony Orchestra. His decade’s long continuing study led him to the Joliet Junior College Concert Band, and the US Navy School of Music in Norfolk, VA where he performed in the 5th US Army Band. TT went on to join the Joliet American Legion Band where he was elected Vice President in 1970 and he continues to perform with them to this day. He also performs at various events around town as the Band Leader of TT Nelson’s Big Band. TT has been teaching students of all levels on brass and woodwinds, leading all of them to achieve the highest accolades in school band competitions and auditions.