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Tuomaala earned Bachelors degrees in horn performance and music education from Bowling Green State University and the Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied conducting with Dr.Terrance Milligan.

While in Cincinnati he founded the Cincinnati Chamber Arts Ensemble and served as assistant conductor for the Clermont Philharmonic, Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony and Chorale, and the Miami Valley Youth Orchestra.

His previous teaching positions include Alma College (Alma, Michigan), Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan), Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio).

He has written reviews of new music literature and was a regular columnist for Band & Orchestra News, School Band and Orchestra, and which earned him invitations to lecture on new music technology at the University of Dayton and the University of Delaware. An advocate for arts education, he has taught in both private and public K-12 school systems and received national recognition in 1999 with a Melody Grant Award from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

Tuomaala is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi (Beta Kappa), Phi Mu Alpha (Iota Omicron), and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota (Theta Eta).
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