Tom Gordon

Instructor of Recording Arts
Tom Gordon
  • Building: CFA
  • Room: 122
  • Mailstop: 0226


Reno native, Tom Gordon, is a record producer, engineer, and educator.

His client list includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Dr. Dre, The Beach Boys, Whitesnake, Boyz II Men, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Collective Soul, Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden), Buddy Miles (Hendrix), Laurie Anderson, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson, Peter Graves, Nelson, G Love and Special Sauce, Dillinger Escape Plan, E40, Doug E Fresh, Shock G (Digital Underground) and even Milli Vanilli's come-back album where they actually sang. Classical clients include Eric Whitacre, Edgar Meyer & the Russian National Orchestra.

TV and film work includes "Role Models" (WB), "Wife Swap," "Inside Edition" (ABC)," Behind the Music" (VH1), "Celebrity Death Match," "2gether" (MTV), "The Secret Live of Walter Mitty" and "The Naked Gun" (Fox).

Gordon has been making records for over 30 years with five Platinum and two Gold-selling albums, one Emmy, one 3M Visionary Award and over 250 independent CDs of local and regional artists to his credit. He has also done audio post for several independent films.

He currently runs Imirage Sound Lab and was the former head engineer at Granny's House/Sierra Sonics Recording Mansion. Additionally, he's a producer/engineer for area Rock n Roll Hall of Famers David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Mike Love of the Beach Boys and Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater.

He also stage-managed the "Black Potatoe Music Festival;" the longest-running independent music festival in the U.S. There he's worked with Honeyboy Edwards (Robert Johnson), Andy Summers (The Police), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Grace Potter, Lakeshore Drive, John Hammond, Edwin McCain, Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris) Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) and members of both Conan O'brien and David Letterman's bands.

Gordon is a session drummer and percussionist who has played in several area bands and independent theater productions for decades. He had a percussion scholarship to the University of Southern California, where he played in Trojan Marching band for three Rose Bowls, two Super Bowls, one World Series and one World Expo. He has a degree in recording sciences from USC and taught recording arts for 14 years at Imirage Sound Lab and the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2022 he was a featured addition to Who’s Who in America and in 2013 he won the Affect 100's "Beautiful Minds" award for outstanding educator of Northern Nevada.

He has produced holiday charity albums benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and AIDS research. In 2022 he produced and promoted a charity Rush/Max Webster cover called “Battle Scar” benefiting the WCSD Music Program and the American Indian Graduate Center. The video and behind the scenes documentary have competed in film festivals around the world.


  • B.S., recording sciences, University of Southern California, 1991