Tom Brier Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from SJIRF

Tom Brier received the 2023 Ragtime Outstanding Achievement Award from the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation. He is an extremely popular California pianist, composer, collector, and historian who has appeared at many ragtime festivals.

During his impressive career going back 40 years he has written over one hundred compositions, issued seven CDs of his music and the works of others, and accumulated a sheet music collection of over 1000 titles.

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Tragically in 2016, Tom suffered the impairment of many of his motor functions In a terrible rear-end automobile accident. After a long period of treatment, Tom now lives with his parents in Oakdale, California, and continues to get therapy for his injuries.

Tom is one of the most popular among contemporary performers and is known for his powerful playing and ability to sight read nearly any piece of music. Throughout his convalescence he has been supported and encouraged by his many friends especially in the Sacramento area. His parents, often frustrated by insurance obstacles, have nevertheless seen to his extensive treatment and now care for him in their home.

Tom had been pursuing a vocational career in computer science. Before his accident. Warren Jennings, Tom’s longtime friend, accepted the award for Tom at the Joplin Festival’s annual event in Sedalia, Missouri, on June 3rd this year.


Tom Brier’s YouTube channel may be found at

Larry Melton was a founder of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974 and the Sedalia Ragtime Archive in 1976. He was a Sedalia Chamber of Commerce manager before moving on to Union, Missouri where he is currently helping to conserve the Ragtime collection of the Sedalia Heritage Foundation. Write him at [email protected].

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