- DMA (ABD) Saxophone Performance, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
- MM, Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies, East Carolina University, 2006
- BM, Saxophone and Jazz Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2003.
Protean artist John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the bounds of genre and idiom.
From his beginnings as a jazz saxophonist, to appearing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and composing his own electro-acoustic music, he has refined and expanded his horizons as a performer and educator- a model of the 21st Century musician.
As a classical performer, he has premiered new solo and chamber works both in the US and abroad. He actively performs the standard repertoire of the saxophone, as well new works by young composers and electro-acoustic compositions.
As a jazz musician, Mr. Thomas has appeared with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany, Slide Hampton, and Michael Formanek. Pop music engagements include appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Ben Vereen, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
In the Baltimore area, Mr. Thomas is a busy freelance performer and has performed at venues including Meryerhoff Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Strathmore, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz.
Mr. Thomas has performed at North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and the World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Thailand.
Mr. Thomas is an experienced and effective educator, having previously held teaching positions at East Carolina University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado Christian University. Before relocating to Baltimore, he was the Director of Jazz Studies at Casper College, and is currently the Director of Jazz Ensembles and Saxophone Instructor at the Baltimore School of the Arts.
He holds a double Masters of Music in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance from East Carolina University. Currently, Mr. Thomas is pursuing a doctoral degree in classical saxophone performance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
John Thomas is Vandoren Regional Artist, and is available for recitals, concerts, clinics, and masterclasses.