Tom Hess (Magic Circle Music recording artist) tours the world in the melodic metal band, Holyhell, including huge concerts in Europe for tens of thousands of metal/rock fans, sharing the stage with other bands such as: Manowar, Rhaposdy, NightWish, Children of Bodom, Testament, EdGuy, to name a few.
His solo project, a progressive rock / guitar virtuoso based band called HESS, has also sold records in more than 50 countries worldwide. His solo career he has achieved international acclaim and outstanding critical reviews in numerous guitar publications.
In addition to his recording and touring schedule, Tom teaches students from many countries through his correspondence teaching, training and mentoring programs. He also teaches at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, his private teaching studio in Illinois, National Guitar Workshop and occasionally holds master classes and clinics in other cities. Tom has published his own instructional books, Training CDs and is planning to release several new major publications within this next year.
"yes, it's great to sell lots of records and tour the world for huge audiences, but it's also very rewarding for me to teach, train and mentor my students to fulfill their dreams of becoming pros too"
Tom's background: Began playing guitar seriously the very first day more than 25 years ago. Hess studied extensively with virtuoso-master, George Bellas for 5 years and with world class teacher, Jack Wilson. Simultaneously, Tom went on to earn two music degrees from Roosevelt University and Harper College.