In addition to his own hybrid jazz chamber ensemble, Thomas is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony. He recently concluded a 2-year residency at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, and has performed with Vampire Weekend, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The American Symphony, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, the Radio City Christmas Orchestra, among others. His network television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning.
As an educator, Thomas is dedicated to sharing music in communities that would not otherwise be able to access it. He currently teaches inmates at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility through Musicambia, and is an educational consultant for The Harmony Program in New York City. Thomas has held teaching positions at Williams College, Bennington College, Yale, and Amherst College. He holds two advanced degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing. He also holds a business management degree from UMass Amherst.
Thomas is a Conn-Selmer Artist, performing on an Bach Artisan Stradivarius trumpet.
Bach Stradivarius Artisan Bb trumpet Bach Mt Vernon 3C mouthpiece Kanstul Flugelhorn
- Sacred Feast by Dan Bilawsky
"A really fine, beautiful statement. Subtle and rich ... I can't think of another player anywhere that could pull this off" - Dave Douglas
“A trumpet player with unassailable chops ... This is certainly one of those times you can call something art jazz without being pejorative about it. Check it out.” -Chris Spector/Midwest Record
Willing to teach
Has held teaching positions at Williams College, Bennington College, Amherst College, Deerfield Academy, Yale, and the Hartsbrook School. Available for lessons throughout the Northeast. Rates vary by location.
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
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