Dr. Thomas was born and raised in Mexico, MO. For the past six years, he has been teaching percussion at Missouri Western State University, where he received his B.S. in Music Education with a performance emphasis in 2003. While attending Missouri Western, he was a cast member of Sticks of Thunder, a percussion theater show based out of Kansas City, MO.
After college he served as an assistant band director for Fulton Public Schools in Fulton, MO from 2003-2004. Since then, he has received two degrees from the University of Kansas, his M.M. in Percussion Performance in May of 2006, and his D.M.A. in Percussion Performance in May of 2010.
During the 2007-2008 school year, he served as interim percussion instructor at Kansas State University. As well as teaching and writing for many high school ensembles in Missouri and Kansas, he was also the percussion specialist for the Park Hill School District (2009-2010), and is currently serving as Band Director at Troy High School in Troy, MO.
His piece, Three Songs for Soprano and Marimba, won third place in the Percussive Arts Society International Composition in 2008, and some of his compositions are on the Prescribed Music List for the state of Missouri’s high school competitions. His music is performed frequently throughout the country as well as overseas and as a composer, he is dedicated to writing quality works not only for professionals, but also for developing musicians at various levels of ability.
As an active performer, he has given numerous solo recitals at universities throughout the country, was a featured soloist at the 13th annual Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and specialized in chamber music with the Helianthus New Music Ensemble and the Tasty Pear Percussion Duo.