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John Thomason - Low Brass Instructor
John Thomason is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He has a been a member of the Nebraska Brass since its founding in 1989. At Plattsmouth High School, he earned the John Philip Sousa Award as outstanding band member in 1976. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980 and served as Principal Tubist with Strategic Air Command Band until 1992. While there, he also performed with the SAC Brass Quintet and Tuba/Euphonium Quartet in addition to numerous office duties including head music librarian. He served on the faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1994-98. His orchestral experience has included the Lincoln, Omaha and Hastings Symphonies and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has also worked with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. He has performed with the Palladium Brass, Omaha Brass Ensemble, and Plymouth Brass. He has appeared as soloist with the Lincoln Municipal Band, University of Nebraska Symphony Orchestra, University of Nebraska Symphonic Band and the Strategic Air Command Band. Over the years, his travels have taken him to 29 states and 3 Canadian provinces. John served as choir director at First Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth from 1989-1991, and still substitutes for his wife on occasion. He is also a private brass instructor, composer and arranger. His teachers have included Vernon Forbes, Craig Fuller, Ken Kielniarz and Gene Pokorny.

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Capital Jazz Society
Friday, April 16, 2021
Apr 16 -- CJS: The Greg Simon Septet
Apr 18 -- NB: All American Pops: A Salute to American Music
Apr 22 -- TNMS: Jackie Allen and Hans Sturm
Apr 23 -- CJS: The Jodi-Renee Giron Quintet
Apr 25 -- NJO: NJO with the Young Lions All-Star Band
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