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About Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Westerville, OH
Speaks: English
Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1984 Master of Music (Performance), Woodwind Specialist, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH 1987
Performance Experience: Columbus Symphony, 1999-present Toledo Symphony and Concert Band, 1985-1992 Lancaster Festival Orchestra, 1999 Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet (Fischoff International Music Competition First Place winner 1991) 1987-2018 Stan Sterner Big Band 1985-1992
Teaching Experience: Interim Professor of Saxophone, Ohio State University, 2015 Interim Professor of Saxophone, Bowling Green State University, 1988 Coyle Music, Columbus OH, private instructor, head of Saturday Band program, 1992-1999 Colonial Music/Music and Arts, Westerville OH, private instructor 2012-present Arosa Musikwochen, Arosa Switzerland, saxophone guest artist/intsructor, 1988, 1991, 1992
Teaching Philosophy: Brian takes a traditional approach to teaching woodwinds, emphasizing strong fundamentals, including optimizing embouchure and physical aspects of breathing and tone production, along with music theory, scales, chords and note/rhythm reading skills. Duet playing is a core aspect of lessons with Brian, as it is very instructive to playing with good rhythm and intonation, plus they're fun!

Get to know Brian Thomas

Brian has performed in many venues as classical saxophonist and clarinetist and

in the Big Band genre as well. Playing since age 10, Brian completed a bachelor's 

degree from OSU in music education in 1984 and a masters degree from

Bowling Green State in woodwind performance in 1987. 

As the leading member of the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, Brian performed in

many master classes, competitions and concert halls in the states and abroad. The 

quartet won first place in the Senior division at the Fischoff International Music

Competition in 1991.

Brian has extensive teaching experience and has had many students advance to 

become professional musicians and teachers. 




 

Brian Thomas teaches at:
43 N State St
Westerville, OH 43081
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