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John Thomas is an energetic and exciting educator and clinician. He works with instrumentalists, vocalists, and ensembles of all ages and experiences. He has offered workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences across the US. Here are just a few of the workshops that he offers. If you are interested in haveing John work with your students, send him a message here..
5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SAXOPHONE SECTION SOUND LIKE PROS
'John will take your saxophone section through a step-by-step method for becoming a better performing unit. He will cover the different styles, articulations, and saxophone techniques needed to be successful in a section, as well as the different ways that each player contributes to a great performance.
Have you ever wanted to improvise, but felt nervous about it? John Thomas helps musicians get over their fear of improvising, and shows them strategies for incorporating improvisation into daily practice. Whether you're a beginner who wants to branch out, or a trained musician looking for a new challenge, this workshop is a great choice.
SAXOPHONE TONE CONCEPTS:
CLASSICAL AND JAZZ
The saxophone has two distinct traditions- classical and jazz. Understanding the tone concepts of each tradition and the technique required to produce them is the first step to becoming a versatile saxophonist. In this workshop, John demystifies mouthpieces, reeds, and embouchures, and gets right to the heart of the matter- how to produce a good tone.
20 MINUTES TO SWING
As an experienced jazz ensemble director, John has developed a set of techniques that can help get a band swingin'! In a short period of time, he can take a well-rehearsed group to the next level by showing them just a few simple ideas.