Director of Instrumental Music
Mr. Thomas is thrilled to assume the role of Director of Instrumental Music at Ledyard High School, where he directs the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and The LHS Colonel Marching Band. He also teaches guitar, keyboard, music theory and music appreciation courses at LHS.
Mr. Thomas is the Music Director and Conductor of The Original Waterford Community Band, now entering its 40th Anniversary season. He was the Director of Instrumental Music (grades 4-12) for the North Stonington Public Schools for five years, where his program earned Platinum distinction in competition.
Mr. Thomas has served as the Woodwind Instructor for the Norwalk High School Marching Band. During his tenure, the woodwind section was awarded "Best Woodwinds" and the band was awarded "Best Music" in the CT Musical Arts Conference National Class Championships every year. The band won multiple National Class state championships during his time there.
He has an eclectic taste for all music. He lived in NYC and worked as a studio and touring musician for several hip hop artists, including Curren$y, Stalley, and Ski Beatz (best known as Jay-Z's producer). He has performed as a member of regional pop/rock/country bands and worked extensively in musical theater pit orchestras.
Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University, where he was president of the National Association for Music Education university chapter. He remains an active member as an educator today.