Originally from Cedartown, GA, Casey Thomas received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL., where his teacher was Dr. Jim Roberts. During his time at JSU he served for three years as the horn line captain head with the “Marching Southerners” band and for two years as a brass instructor with the “Spirit from JSU” drum and bugle corps, student director of the basketball pep band and conductor of the brass choir. Currently he has been pursuing a concurrent Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance with a secondary concentration in Jazz Improvisation from the University of Iowa, where he studies with Dr. David Gier.
He is the former bass trombonist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA) and has performed euphonium and trombone with several orchestras, jazz and wind ensembles across the midwest and southeast and is also active as a founding member of the Cornell College Brass Trio. During the summers of 2007 and 2009 he was selected by Joe Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, as one of eight participants in his prestigious “Alessi Seminar.” Mr. Thomas is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa and is a member and contributing music resource editor with the International Trombone Association.
During the spring semester of 2006, Mr. Thomas was the Visiting Director of Bands at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. He has previously served as adjunct instructor of low brass at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, the trombone teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and as the conductor of the Iowa Brass Choir, which is affiliated with the University of Iowa. Currently Casey serves as the instructor of low brass and assistant band director at Cornell College.
In 2008, Casey was awarded “Best New Composition or Arrangement” at the US Open Championships in Chicago for his transcription of Robert Jaeger’s “Esprit de Corps.”