Thomas Wiggins (Executive Director,)
Ambassadors of American Culture Inc.
1234 Laurel Lane Ste. #1
Lafayette, California 94549 -2618
Oakland Public Schools 1951--1957
Academy of Christian Education (private) 1957-1961
Graduate Patten College, Oakland, California 1961
Employment and Business History
1961 - 1968 Oakland Unified School District/ California Teachers Association
1962 - 1968 Worked Nights as a Professional Musician / Band Leader
1965 - 1970 Talent buyer and entertainment director for various chains of Hotels & Bars
1967 - 1970 was one of first Rock & Roll Concert & Festival Promoters in Northern California
1968 - 1976 Founded American Talent Associates, Booking & Promotion Agency S. F. California
1970 - 1973 Thomas Wiggins Assoc. Management Organization for National Rock Bands
1973 - 1976 Promoted Entertainment Concerts at colleges Nationally
1977 - 1979 Crystal Clear Records, A&R Dir. Record Producer, International Marketing Dir.
1980 - 1984 Formed and operated Three Independent Ethnic record companies
1989 - 1990 Talent buyer and concert producer for World Cup Soccer Playoffs, Italy 200 events
1991 - 2006 Independent Entertainment Industry Consultant for Entertainment Promotions, Music Concerts, Music Festivals, Special Events.
Currently: Operating Ambassadors of American Culture Inc., a Charitable and Educational
Non-Profit Presenting Arts org. California # 2745486
Operating Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band sine 1990
Live Entertainment Talent Procurement & Booking
Regional, National and International Marketing
Marketing and Promotion Development Strategies and implementation
International Entertainment Industry Contract negotiations
International Talent Purchasing and negotiations for personal appearances and tour management
Educational Lectures and Training Courses on Entertainment Industry operations
Festival, Concert and Special Event Development, Media Negotiations and Advertising strategies
Special Awards and Recognitions
1979 Trendsetter of the Year Award from Billboard Publications for International Marketing
1979 Two Grammy Nominations for Producer of the Year Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
2011 West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award recipient
Professional organization affiliations:
Western Fairs Associates, IAJE, IAFE, Arts Presenters, Associated Entertainment Consultants, Prime Time Entertainment Assoc., International Executive Corp., Festival Net, Org. Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce, served on Board of Directors for many years, & Festival organizer.
Hobbies and interests:
Playing Traditional American Jazz & Blues Music Attending & Producing Musical events Travel, Sport Fishing and Spectator Sports
My concert promotion experience goes all the way back to the 1960,s with such major acts as:
Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Malo, Cold Blood, Tower of Power, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, The Electric Flag, Quicksliver Messenger Service, Albert Collins, James Cotton Blues Band, The Doors, Janis Joplin & Big Brother & Holding Company, Moby Grape, Earthquake, Barry Melton & The Fish, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Youngbloods, Buddy Miles, Norman Greenbaum, Cal Tjader, Taj Mahal, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Solomon Burke, The Steve Miller Band, Boston, Charlie Musselwhite, Stoneground, Cool & The Gang, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Malo, The Commodores, Toni Tony Tone, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Miles Davis, Vince Giraldi, Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida, Carlos Montoya, Patti Labelle, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Merl Haggard, Buck Owens, Mickey Gilley, Mel Tillis, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Stylistics, The Jackson Five, Sly & the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Stan Kenton, Eric Burden and the Animals, A.B. Skye, Spirit, and many more blues and Jazz acts.
In 2002 I was sent to MOSCOW AND VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA BY THE US STATE DEPARTMENT ON A CONSULTING PROJECT FOR AN LARGE MULTI FAUCETED ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, with a restaurant, bowling alley, billiard hall, live entertainment nightclub, disco tech, banquet hall, and movie theater and small casino. The complex has since expanded and opened two larger establishments, which are operating successfully. Set up totally new Advertising and Marketing campaign for all their related business. And established their own advertising agency in house.
A few of the venues I have promoted concerts in over the past 40 years include:
Oakland, Coliseum 14,000 seats
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center: Oakland Ca. 6,500 seats
Calvin Simmons Theater Oakland, Ca. 2800 seats
Yellowstone Metro, Billings, Montana 12,000 seats
Beacon Theater, New York seating 3000
Spreckles center Theater, Rohnert Park, Ca.
Several wineries festivals in Napa and Sonoma counties
Alameda County Fairgrounds festivals up to 20,000 people
Carson City Speedway, Nevada 15,000 capacity
Santa Clara Country Fairgrounds, Folk & Rock festivals years ago.
Castro Valley Fall Festival for 12 years 40,000 per day attendance (free)
Various Fairground festivals around N. California.
Countless Street, Wine and Arts Festivals around N. California
Many concerts at colleges in California Washington, State, Idaho, Montana,
U.C. Davis, Shasta college, Humboldt State, W. Wash College, USF, UC Santa Cruz,
Stanislaus State, Modesto J.C. Diablo Valley College, Cal. State Hayward, West Valley College, Los Gatos, and multiple Blues and Jazz Tours in Europe since 1990
Professional Business References:
James Douglas, Prime Time Entertainment: 1-408-656-2482
Gig Xifaras, Associated Entertainment Consultants: 1-650-348-7972
Pete Paulsen, Paulsen Promotions/MotorSports: 1-209-983-027