The Tom Estes Memorial Motorcycle Run is event hosted by Tom’s family to raise money for the scholarship that was established in his memory after his death in December 2005.
Tom was by far, one of the greatest musicians Southern New England has ever encountered. His innate musical ability paired with his physical handicap, made watching and listening to Tom make music that much more incredible.
At the age of 7 Tom lost his left arm. Despite being an amputee, it never stopped him from fulfilling his dream of being an AMAZING drummer, pianist, and an equally talented harmonica player. He was a well-established musician who shared the stage with many of the industry’s giants — including Southside Johnny, Muddy waters and Clarence Clemens — as well as a host of local and regional musicians. Tom played locally for well over 25 years and in a number of different bands. Some of his most popular pairings were: Tom Estes and the Ocean Grove All Stars, Red Hot and Blue and the Bob Demers Band.
To keep his name, legacy and love of music alive, Tom’s family created a scholarship in his name. Each year, a $500 scholarship is given to a graduating Joseph Case High School senior majoring in music, arts or in the field of education. In order to maintain these scholarships, events such as this one are held each year.