Tom Mindte - Swing Mandolin and

Swing Vocal with Amy Ferebee

Swing Mandolin – You’ll learn swing chords on the mandolin – 6th, major 7th, minor 7th, diminished chords and others. We’ll work on some standard tunes from the swing / jazz repertoire and how to improvise on your solos. It’s not as difficult as you think to figure out most swing chord progressions – there are four or five that are used frequently. Let’s try some horn keys – F, B flat. E flat and A flat. It’s not too hard, once you get that hang of it. It’s going to be fun and rewarding.

Video about the swing mandolin course


Wabash Blues

Wabash Blues (intermediate level)


Honeysuckle Rose

Embraceable You

Embraceable You Solo

Confessin' (That I Love You) in G



Liza Solo



Mandolin Chords

Blues Changes

Rhythm Changes

End Notes


Join our Swing Vocal class at Common Ground on the Hill, July 7-13 on the McDaniel College campus, Westminster MD. Amy Ferebee and Tom Mindte will help you with vocal technique, how to choose your repertoire, how to find the right key, and harmonize on swing and western swing songs. No previous experience is necessary. Bring your instruments or just your voice and we’ll have some fun.


Video about the swing vocal class

Charts for the Swing Vocal class

Oh! Lady Be Good in C

Oh! Lady Be Good in G

All of Me in C

All of Me in G

Confessin' (That I Love You) in G

Confessin' (That I Love You) in C

Choo Choo Ch' Boogie in A



YouTube videos:


Miss Molly


We Three

New San Antonio Rose

Some of These Days



 While learning mandolin and listening to country music on the radio, I heard Homer and Jethro, a comic duo with cornball lyrics and world-class jazz musicianship. I thought “Maybe I can do some of that on the mandolin.” I’m still working on it after all these years. I have played in sever swing / jazz bands over the years including Razz’m Jazz’m, The Sunshine Skiffle Band, Buffalo Nickel Band – still swinging after 30 years. I am also currently performing in a  jazz duo with with vocalist / guitarist Ester Haynes.

Tom Mindte



Tom Mindte
2086 Lincoln Way E, Chambersburg PA 17202
Musician, Producer, Recording Engineer, Teacher, Mentor seeks work as a music instructor/coach in music camp or other educational setting.
Summary of Qualifications:

  • Record producer and engineer: 38 years’ experience building and producing a record label
  • Scholar: Deep knowledge of current and emerging roots music trends as well as history
  • Performer and band leader: bluegrass, swing, old time and blues music.
  • Teacher: Music theory, mandolin  performance, bluegrass, swing & blues vocal lead and harmony.
  • Arranger: Ability to transcribe music from recordings and arrange multiple instrumental and vocal parts for bands using Finale software.

Proprietor, Patuxent Music (originally Patuxent Records) full-service studio and record label Rockville, Maryland  1984- present (Discography available on request)

Coleader, mandolin & accordion player, singer, Tex Rubinowitz & Tom Mindte’s Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, 2017-present.

Mandolin player, singer, Rick Franklin & Tom Mindte blues duo 2013-present.

Mandolin player, singer, Esther Haynes & Tom Mindte swing duo 2017-present.

Mandolin player, singer, Tom Mindte, Mason Via & Ben Somerville roots music trio 2017-2019

Bandleader, mandolin player and lead/tenor singer, Patuxent Partners bluegrass band, 1983 - present.

Bandleader, guitarist, singer, Weems Creek Ramblers old time band, 1987-1991.

Coleader, mandolin  & accordion player, singer, co-arranger in Buffalo Nickel swing band, 1987-present.

Bass Player, singer in Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys bluegrass band, 1990-1995.

Taught approximately 40 beginning, intermediate, and advanced mandolin students) in person at Patuxent Music and via Zoom and Skype, 2007-present (references on request)

Instructor in bluegrass mandolin and harmony singing, 2023 at Common Ground on the Hill. McDaniels College, Westminster MD.

I have developed a unique program of study for mandolin, that can be tailored for both reading and non-reading students. The program emphasizes proper technique, melody, scales, chords, and timing. Enough rudimentary theory is provided so the student can understand how the notes and chords fit the structure of each piece taught. I teach vocal harmony parts, as well.

2020 Washington Monument Award, DC Bluegrass Union
Featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, August 2022
Profiled in Acoustic Roots and Country Blues 2018
Nominee for IBMA Mentor of the Year, 2019

Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Capitol Technology University, 2007
Studied mandolin with Buzz Busby, Frank Wakefield, and Paul Glasse.
IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Program graduate
Completed courses at  Rare Book School, University of Virginia 1996-1998




Bluegrass Unlimited 2012

Bluegrass Unlimited 2022

Bluegrass Today

Baltimore City Paper

Montgomery County Sentinel

Acoustic, Folk & Country Blues




Buffalo Nickel Band
World on a String

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Weems Creek Ramblers


Barnett & Mindte


Patuxent Partners
I've Been Known to Cry


Patuxent Partners
There Music be another way to live


Razz'm Jazz''m
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Patuxent Partners
Seven or Eleven


Stephens & Mindte
Old Time Duets


Tom Mindte


Tom Mindte & Jeremy
Stephens - Radio Favorites


Jeremy Stephens &
Tom Mindte
Live in Canada


Tom Mindte
Something I've Been Working On


Rick Franklin &
Tom Mindte
Dancing With My Baby


Buffalo Nickel Band
416 North Stonestreet
1989-1991 Sessions
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Tom Mindte & Mason Via


Tom Mindte, Mason Via & Ben Somerville


Tom Mindte, Mason Via & Ben Somerville
Christmas EP