Bio

Tuf (pronounced toof) Francis began playing music on a single Middle Eastern drum, called a derbeki, 22 years ago. Since then, he has added to his repertoire many other percussion instruments, acoustic guitar, drum kit, and lead vocals. He played in several bands and recorded music for almost 15 years. His primary musical influences include Pink Floyd, Ani Difranco, early Genesis, and the Beatles. Tuf was also a youth group leader and praise leader for almost ten years. Tuf took a seven year hiatus from music to finish a doctorate in teacher education at the University of Michigan (inevitably making him an insufferable Michigan football fan). Currently, he is a family man, professor, scholar, public speaker, and active musician. With his speaking and musical talents, Tuf hopes to help churches and other organizations raise money for philanthropic causes. @TufFrancis

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