Boston based trombonist/composer/educator
Brian Thomas began playing trombone since the age of 10 in
his hometown of Rochester, NY. Through hard work and dedication,
Thomas now leads his own jazz quartet, big band, and funk
power house Akashic Record. Each of which feature his original
compositions. As a freelance trombonist, Thomas has performed
with Soulive, Lettuce, Maceo Parker, Melvin Sparks, Sam Kininger,
John Browns Body, Alan Evans Playonbrother Band, Eric
Krasno, The Boston Horns, New England Jazz Educators Orchestra,
Brass Force, The Hurricane Horns, Night Rhythm, and Pressure
Thomas attended Ithaca College where he
studied classical trombone with Dr. Harold Reynolds and jazz
with Steve Brown. Along with earning a degree in music education,
he gained valuable gig experience as a leader and sideman.
Thoams landed his first professional gig as a member of the
Chuck Mangione Studio Orchestra. As co-founder of Ithaca based
funk/jam band Nozmo King, Thomas and NK produced 2 CD's and
toured from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida. After
multiple tours with Boston/Ithaca based roots reggae band
John Brown's Body, he settled in Boston.
Upon moving to Boston, Thomas studied with
Jeff Galindo and Hal Crook. He started showing up to all the
Boston jam sessions and soon landed a weekly gig hosting the
funk nightat the legendary Wally's Jazz Café,
where he continued to work on his craft and play with the
best musicains in Boston.
Thomas soon joined Hammond organ driven
funk group, Akashic Record. Brian produced and wrote most
of the material for Akashic Record's debut CD "New Days
Ahead" and their 2nd release Theosophy. Akashic
Record currently tours throughout New England and New York.
Brian was offered a TA position in the
jazz department at the University of Massachuetts Amherst
in the fall of 2008, under the direction of Jeff Holmes. At
UMASS Amherst, Brian studied jazz composition with Jeff Holmes
and trombone with Norman Bolter (retired BSO trombonist) while
earning a masters degree in Jazz Composition.
Teaching has always been a big part of
Brian's life. He landed an instrumental music position in
the Franklin, MA public schools upon his arrival to Massachusetts.
Brian left the full-time position and opted to teach privately.
Brian accepted a position in the Fall of 2009 as the director
of bands at Canton High School. Brian teaches band, jazz ensemble,
music history, and music theory at Canton High School.