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Tom Laing

Tom LaingJames Thomas Laing has volunteered in the bluegrass community for many years. He is a lifetime professional member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Tom served on the Bluegrass in the Schools Committee for IBMA from 1992-2007, and on the National Search committee for an new IBMA Executive Director in 2012. In addition, he is a founding trustee of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY.

In Southeast Michigan Tom has been or is involved in the following bluegrass related activities:

  • Various bluegrass concerts benefiting non-profit Charities between 1986 and 1996
  • Concerts with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony featuring the Virginia Squires in 1988 and 1989
  • Bluegrass in the Schools assembly programs in Pontiac, Waterford, Union Lake, Brandon Township, Lake Orion, Clarkston and Oxford between 1990 and 1997
  • The Oakland Community College Bluegrass Series between 1997 and 2010
  • Auburn Hill Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival, 1997-2016

Always community minded, Tom has served in various capacities for the United Way of America, the United Way International, The United Way Retiree Association and The Pontiac Rotary Club.

Mark Gaynier presents Tom with his award as Bill Warren looks on.

Tom makes a few remarks following the presentation.

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