Tom Slaughter has been involved in the pageantry activity for 38 years as a performer, designer, instructor, and judge. Beginning his 15th season as a WGI adjudicator, Tom is also the Chief Judge of the Florida Federation of Judges Association, which schedules and administrates color guard, percussion and winds judges for the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit.
In his past, Tom performed as a member of the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and then went on to design and administrate the visual program at Largo High School in Largo, Florida for 17 years, winning 2 State of Florida Class Championships (1998 and 2000). Tom spent 3 seasons (2009, 2010, 2011) as the Visual Caption Head and Staff Coordinator for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Jacksonville, Florida and then was a member of the visual staff for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps during 2012. Currently Tom volunteers his time as a Designer and Consultant for the marching bands at Sunlake High School in Land O' Lakes, FL and J.W. Mitchell High School in Trinity, FL.
During the week, Tom teaches Algebra Honors and Geometry Honors at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Tampa, Florida. His wife of 27 years, Rene' (a former high school Guard Captain), is a Registered Nurse working in Clearwater, Florida. His oldest son, Brandon (25) is the Director of Bands at Sunlake High School in Land O' Lakes, FL. His youngest son, Ryan (21) is a Junior at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Ryan is a Social Science Education Major and a member of the Floria State University Marching Chiefs. Tom currently resides in New Port Richey, FL which is a suburb of Tampa.