Tom McHugh took his time becoming the director of a non-profit music hall in Rock Hall. After more than 30 years as a leading academic and professor of education at Vassar and Washington College, he fulfilled a lifelong goal of building a second career in music, his first love. To that end, he created a venue that would bring to the Eastern Shore some of the best musicians in jazz, blues, folk and contemporary music performing today.
For decades, Tom has been a force in the region’s music scene, from helping to form the original Kent County Marching Band, encouraging Karen Somerville to perform Lady Sings the Blues, or arranging concerts for Sue Matthews in Ireland. He is indeed our great conductor.