Thomas Steven Hinders (born September 25, 1980) is an American jazz and classical saxophonist and game show host.
Hinders was born in Sioux City, Iowa
on September 25
, free of any disabilities
. However, when he was six years old, his recurrent laryngeal nerve
popped, causing him to become mute
. This made his school years very difficult, since he was refrained from entering into any special disabilities programs. To compensate for his inability to speak, he often carried around a notepad
, and an air horn
. When he was eight, he decided to take up the alto saxophone
. Supposedly, due to him being mute, he developed perfect pitch
, and ended up being very musically adept in learning how to play instruments. He quickly became an excellent saxophonist, consistently achieving "lead chair" in his school-year bands.
After completing high school, in 1998, he moved to San Francisco
, to try and make a living for himself in music and support his refined taste for prostitutes. In 2002, he met pianist David Porter
, bassist Tyrone Hinders
(no relation), and drummer Craig Morgan
at a local jazz club. In 2006, they formed the Aphone Quartet
, which originated its name from aphonia
, the disorder that afflicts Hinders. The group is still relatively unknown, but is expected to gain notoriety once their album, Colors of Tone
, is released on 8-track
sometime in 2008.