Tom Council graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B. and an M.M. in Music Education. He began teaching in the Dallas ISD in 1965. He taught high school choir in Dallas and Mesquite, Texas, until 1995. During those thirty years of teaching, he was active in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and American Choral Directors Association. He served as Southwest Chair for the ACDA Jazz and Show Choir Committee. His high school choirs have presented concerts at ACDA (1977) and TMEA (1983) conventions. In 1993, the St. Stephen Choir performed at the Denver ACDA convention with two other Dallas church choirs with Lloyd Pfautsch conducting a concert of his music.
Always an active arranger and composer for school and church, he has published works with Alliance Music, Colla Voce, World Library Publications, Hal Leonard, Concordia, RBC and Carl Fischer. He has written music for The Texas Voices, Turtle Creek Chorale and Booker T. Washington High School. In April 2009, his We Are the Music Makers was premiered as part of the opening programs for the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in the Meyerson Symphony Center. He has been writing choral sight reading music for Texas choral contests since 1990. He taught composition and vocal classes for several years at Booker T. Washington High School for the performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, He retired as the director of music at St. Stephen UMC in Mesquite, Texas (Dallas County) in 2012 where he served for 34 years.