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Jason Tom "Beatbox Lobby (YouTube Debut)"

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Published on Mar 13, 2006

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Jason Tom is Oʻahu's child of the 1980s, world champion beatboxer, mathematics coach, beatbox poet, blogger, moonwalker, and southpaw who met Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer at McKinley High School Auditorium in the 1990s. They signed his copy of Charlie's Victory with Philippians 4:13.

Jason Tom pays it forward at US Veterans Kapolei, preschools, k-12 school assemblies, hospitals, community colleges, universities, poetry slams, dance concerts, productions, improv jams, ukulele concerts, churches, youth outreaches, prisons, homeless communities, and charities. An advocate on education, anti-bullying, and someone who edifies people to live life with a tenacity to not give up in all aspects of life.

Jason Tom is Hawaiʻi's trilingual human beatbox machine who ranked as top 3 musician in McDonald's of Hawaiʻi 2016 NextNext Music Competition and Charity Event, was invited as a top 150 vocal percussion artist for the men's solo contest at the 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championship, and is a featured musician on Faioso's 2010 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominated album. He was awarded as the 2011 Hawaii Scene Choice "Best Performer," 2011 TEDx Honolulu Presenter, and voted as the 2009 Best of Honolulu Weekly's Local Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience.

Jason Tom presented keynotes at TEDx Talks "Shift" and "It's About Time" Conferences, Rethink Hawaiʻi Conference, Windward Community College's Early College Leadership Conference, and Chaminade University's Hogan Entrepreneurship Program. He opened for Michael Winslow, KS EdTech DisRupt Conference, Freelance Brand's Apex, Uplift, Blue Scholars, the Jabbawockeez, Quest Crew, Reeps One, Frank De Lima, and performed with Tom Thum, Kapena, Jake Shimabukuro, Kealoha, Makana, and Taimane. Jason Tom made appearances on University of Hawaiʻi News, Millennial Magazine, Beatbox Battle Television, Hawaiʻi Children And Youth Day, HI*Sessions, HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals, Chinatown Cultutral Plaza's Chinese New Year Festival, Night in Chinatown Block Party, Rice Festival, Art And Flea Mililani & Boom Bap, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum's Art on the Lawn, Honolulu Museum of Art's Family Sunday & Art After Dark, Honolulu Night Market, and Island Scene Magazine.

Jason Tom began his amateur beatboxer career at age six in 1989. He brings forth the voice music lineage of Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Buffy of the Fat Boys, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Elaine Chao, MC Jin, Killa Kela, Naturally 7, and Beardyman. When Jason Tom’s Liholiho Elementary first grade teacher played the Moonwalker VHS, he sang the music, instruments and vocals to Michael Jackson's "Badder" by memory. He recorded his beatboxing on audio cassette tapes. Though fun, Jason Tom failed first grade at Liholiho, and transferred to Kauluwela Elementary.

At Kauluwela, he cultivated his reading, spelling, art, drawing, and writing as an amateur comic book publisher. There he found an inspiration to create comic book superhero "Gecko Man." He continued to record his beatboxing on music cassettes until 1993.

During Jason Tom's amateur career, Hawaiʻi's human beatbox pioneers included Radical Rob, Gizmo, Re-Run, and Joevon "J.B" Brown.

In 2004, a vehicle of 3,000 plus pounds collided with Jason Tom, a two-time judo gold medalist, while he crossed a greenlight on the intersection crosswalk near Shobukan Judo Club, Pizza Hut, and Liliha Bakery. He was brought by an ambulance team to Queen's Medical Center. Jason Tom applied judo during impact and he judo broke his fall on wet asphalt before unconsciousness. Doctor told his family, "miracle, not a broken bone, not fatal." Once conscious, Jason Tom was taken by a family member to see the Passion of the Christ film the next day, and he learned he was cautious of parked cars and incoming cars at the movie theatre's parking lot.

That same year Jason Tom made his career debut as a professional beatboxer in front of Kapiʻolani Community College professor Leigh Dooley's writing class. "Beatbox Lobby" and "Jake Shimabukuro jams with human beatbox - LIVE!" were his YouTube debuts. From 2006 to 2007, he placed in four-consecutive KCC Talent Shows that earned him a total of $950 in cash rewards. In 2008, Jason Tom won first place in the Word of Life Honolulu's Statewide Emerge Talent Show that advanced him to the 2009 Emerge Talent Show Grand Finals.

As years went, Jason Tom experienced night terrors and recurring nightmares, and his car accident's complex trauma got triggered to have caused him to relive it that near cost his life. His health is now fully restored by daily meditation on bible verses, prayer, exercise, rest, journaling, music, and math.

Jason Tom is founder of the Jason Tom Academy, known prior as the Human Beatbox Academy, to mobilize the next generation through beatboxing and mathematics to build a bridge about perseverance.

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