in New York at
the age of nine, he studied
drums, percussion, and music theory continuing through high school
where he was introduced to and studied the music of Copland, Ives,
Holst, Bernstein, and Vaughn Williams, along with an influential
training in music theory and composition, both classical and jazz with
Anthony Marra. He earned numerous NYSSMA awards for percussion solos
and ensemble performances. During
period, he played with several pop/jazz bands, orchestra, concert band,
and marching band. He transcribed and wrote his first arrangements for
those pop groups. At seventeen, he studied drums
Davis, Lifetime). Tony encouraged him to begin composing along with his
drum studies and the importance of finding his own voice through
meditation, introspection, and listening to everything. Tony was a very
he moved to Boston and there met Chick Corea,
John Payne (Bonnie Raitt Band), and friend/pianist John
musical atmosphere in Boston at the time was vibrant as it is today, so
it was easy to create
new musical relationships and gain valuable performance
experience. While playing with several jazz groups, he also taught drums privately.
Thomas moved to New York City in 1976 where he formed 'Avenue', a
jazz quartet with pianist Lee Curreri (Fame), Barry Olsen, and bassist Cameron Brown. He also played in the Charlie McGeeSextet
for a short time. From late 1976 through the 1980's, he
performed with a variety of New York based artists, including the
charismatic soulstress Phyllis Hyman, jazz singer Chris Calloway, even
rock legend Bo Diddley. Tom worked
in the New York studios performing on dozens of TV and Radio recordings and records often alongside session greats, Will Lee, Ronnie
Cuber, George Young, Cornel Dupree, Carlos Alomar, Anthony
Jackson, Randy Brecker.
But it was 1985 at the urging of songwriter Billy Joel
that he began to seriously
explore writing music. Fast forward to the late 1990's,
writing music for over 400 television commercials, he was hired to
score his first short film by a producer with whom he worked in advertising.
In 1997, he
was asked to compose the score for the Russian film 'All My Lenins'
by the director Hardi Volmer, becoming the first American to compose for the Russian cinema. Thomas travelled to
Russia in 1997 to complete the score and assist with the final mix of
the film. In St. Petersburg
Europe, 'All My Lenins' was well received and became a critical success.
2001, the Italian director, Manlio Roseano called upon Thomas to
score for his enigmatic, historical mystery, 'The
Third Lion'-'Il Terzo Leone.'
The film was shot in northern Italy, won several international awards.
2004, he composed for the critically acclaimed
Room.' This score
is one of numerous socially themed works of which Thomas is proud and
demonstrates his artful use of thematic
composition in the documentary format.
in 2004, he was honored with an invitation to appear as a guest speaker
at Carnegie Hall. Featured in their 'Carnegie
Notables: Art as Advocacy' series
with actress Anna
Smith (Nurse Jackie), composer Moby, Janine Tesori, and author Benjamin Barber. Thomas
spoke of his experiences as a composer working on socially significant
films and the effects of art upon society.
include: the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and BMI, as composer and publisher.
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