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Thomas Mann graduated with a BA in Music at Texas State University with a focus on piano and composition. He plays Piano, Hammond Organ, Rhodes and Guitar in several genres with various artist around Texas and a board member of The National Association of Composers, USA/Texas Chapter. Along with live performances and composing, he does studio work, arranging and composing for pop, jazz and modern works. He has played with artists such as Freddy Powers, Sonny Throckmorton, Diana Cantu, and Kelly Williams. He has also opened for B.B.King, Storyville, Bob Schneider, and Pat Benetar among others.
Some past compositions he has written are two pieces for the Texas State Tuba Ensemble which were performed
on separate occasions, one at a Brass Ensemble conference in Indiana over the
summer of ‘09. Another composition, "Piano Drift for Two Pianos" won the Texas State University composition competition in 2010. He studied with composition professor Richard Hall and Russell Reipe along with acclaimed pianist Dr. Washington Garcia. Thomas hopes to go forward with a masters in composition.
Until recently the stacks of modern and traditional compositions have seemed they may never see the light of play, but now they are slowly coming to performance fruition. This year, he was hired as the Head Director of Choir at Travis HS and Director of Guitar at Mendez MS in Austin, TX. Meanwhile, he teaches piano, bass, guitar, composition and theory privately and freelance performing with other groups or groups of his own design. Thomas always tries to keep his grasp beyond his reach and strives to be as well rounded and disciplined in music as possible while driving for more knowledge and ability without sacrificing creativity in performance, composition and teaching practices.