Jenkins Institute

Over 125 Years of Caring

Benford, “Tommy” Thomas (1905-1994)

Ace drummer who studied drums with Herbert and Stephen Wright, Jenkins Orphanage Band musicians; born in Charleston, West Virginia (passed away in Mt. Vernon, West Virginia); enrolled in the Jenkins Orphanage in 1913 and toured with the Jenkins Orphanage Band when they performed at the Anglo-American Exposition in London in 1914.

(From the “Charleston Jazz Initiative” – View this Article)