Meet Our Instructors

Michael R. Gagliardo

Danny Thomas – Woodwinds

Mr. Danny Thomas is a native of Snead, Alabama and attended Susan Moore High School. He attended Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama where he was lead alto in the Show band and principal oboe in the symphonic band. He has also attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where he was principal oboe in the conservatory orchestra, lead alto in the afternoon jazz ensemble, solo English horn for the symphonic band and baritone saxophone player for the conservatory sax quartet. He premiered various new music in different ensembles on oboe and saxophone while attending the conservatory. He also performed in the pit orchestras for the Conservatory Summer Theatre programs. Mr. Thomas received his BA in Music Performance with an emphasis on saxophone from Jacksonville State University. He was lead alto for the JSU Jazz ensemble and principal oboe for the University Wind Ensemble. He also played in various student and faculty ensembles while attending Jacksonville State.

Mr. Thomas was also enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he was the woodwind instructor at Cape May Training Center for the recruit ceremonial detail band and performed around the East Coast with the band.

Mr. Thomas has been actively performing and teaching since 1983. He was a member of The Impressions and performed nationally on tour. He has performed in studios for various acts. He had the opportunity to perform at various jazz clubs on the east coast in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia area for a number of years. He has given woodwind clinics around the Southeast for the past 25 years. He is a charter member of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra and is still performing as principal oboist.

Mr. Thomas currently resides in Hokes bluff and is married to Cindy Thomas and has two children. His children attend Hokes Bluff schools.

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