"It is my great pleasure to recommend John Thomas. I know him as a great musician, great educator and an exemplary person."
-- Brian Evans-International Trumpet Guild, President
"John Thomas is a wonderful, inspiring soloist and clinician. He tailored his workshop to our students needs and brought vitality and excitement to our program."
--Doug Storey, West Texas A&M University Jazz I director, Canyon, Texas
"John Thomas has a long and distinguished career as both a player and educator. His clinic/workshop presentations are among the best I have seen in terms of information, accessibility and inspiration. I am proud to know him as my colleague at the Thornton School of Music at USC."
— Peter Erskine
"John Thomas is a world class trumpet player with a wealth of experience playing all kinds of music,
as well as being a fantastic educator who can inspire students of all levels. He is a major asset to the USC Thornton school of music and the Los Angeles music scene."
"John Thomas is an excellent and dedicated jazz educator. While doing a residency at West Texas A & M in 2016, I was able to see first-hand how well he connects with and motivates students of varying levels. His extensive performance resume speaks for itself. I am glad to have met and worked with John and look forward to doing so again in the future. "
--Steve Davis, Trombonist/Composer/Educator, Associate Professor of Music Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz
The Hartt School/University of Hartford
"John Thomas' trumpet workshops had a profound and enduring effect
on our students. His inspirational playing certainly backed this up! His method works with students of all standards, as we saw at his presentations at college and school level in our area. Thomas taught to the level of the students, was very supportive to the directors and administration, and worked well with all our staff. An exciting concert performance was a highlight of his visit."
--Dr Mike Campbell, Head: Jazz Studies, College of Music Univ. of Cape Town.
"John Thomas, one of today’s renowned trumpet soloists, does a great job of clearly and concisely presenting key musical concepts. John was a guest at my college, years ago in Thailand, when he was a featured artist at a music conference. I have enjoyed observing his improvisation and jazz history classes at USC and often share his instructional DVDs with my own students. At the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, John gave a fantastic presentation on jazz improvisation basics, engaging an audience of all ages and ability-levels throughout the clinic. He boils everything down to essential elements and teachable ideas, while making a strong connection with his audience."
James Sherry, DMA
Instructor, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa
Co-Founder/CEO Mindful Music Academy, Fountain Valley, California