RIP Tom Boyce
Born in Chicago,Tom Boyce moved to Thousand Oaks in 1964, where he attended Glenwood Elementary and Thousand Oaks High School before graduating from Moorpark College with a degree in Music. Through the years he played the music of many genres,including classic Rock, acoustic music, roots Blues, Jazz, and his own original music.
While still in high school he played bass with the BluCoats, a local band whose members included Wade Johnson, Larry Caird, Jim Peretti, and Medardo Canales.
He was a founding member of SeaCloud, a band that wrote, recorded and performed original music.
Tom also played professionally with Rock Bottom Freight, touring the Western United States and Canada. He performed throughout Germany, France and Switzerland, culminating with performances at The Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1978.
Tom also built two service companies. He formed TBW Landscape, a gardening and landscaping company in the 1970s and Prosteam, a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company in 1978.
Tom was a songwriter, co-producer, and co-owner of Equal Eyes Productions/Cardinal Recording with Matt Schaffer, dedicated to assisting local talent by producing and recording songs and co-writing. He performed locally with SeaCloud, Maddjakk, Hambone, and the Worship Band at Anthem Church, as well as other projects. The director of Musicians On a Mission California and the Thousand Oaks Music Awards, Tom took on bass students at all levels as well as music theory students.
Tom lived with a life-threatening heart condition for 17 years before undergoing a heart transplant in 2010. Afterward, he wanted to honor his heart donor by being of service to others. Working with Musicians On a Mission California allowed him the opportunity to combine his love of music with his desire to give back to young musicians in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.