Photo by Staff Sergeant Staci Miller/US Air Force
During his days in Cogswell Hall, Tom Rarick ’96 (far left in photo) may not have envisioned a Super Bowl performance in his future. But as Idina Menzel took the stage to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Tom was right there with her.
US Air Force Band photo
The Air Force Band was asked to provide two percussionists to join the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard for the national anthem, and as Tom said, he was “lucky enough to be one of the two selected.” The drummers escorted the color guard onto the field and provided a short cadence as the American flag took shape across the field.
“To have the opportunity to honor our country and represent the Air Force at such an event was surely one of my career highlights,” Tom said.
A member of the Air Force Band for more than 17 years, Tom is a master sergeant stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. He is also a percussion arranger/composer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, a competitive junior corps based in Canton, Ohio.
At IUP, Tom studied under Gary Olmstead, Jack Stamp ’76, and Ron Horner ’78.
“IUP provided me a well-rounded musical background, contacts within the music industry, and lifelong friends and colleagues that I still collaborate with today,” he said.
Tom lives in Laurel, Maryland, with his wife, Tricia.