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Thomas has been musically active for over two decades. Beginning in his hometown of Covington, Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio), Thomas began teaching and performing.  From big bands to garage bands, there wasn’t a genre he wasn’t interested in.  

Thomas has taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College, Central College and Woodward Academy.  He currently teaches at  Urbandale High School.


In Ohio, he was a member of Two Turntables and a Saxophone, Boom Boom Horshack, 4-Track All-Stars, Living Fountain Dance Company, Noel Quintana and the Latin Jazz Crew, and the South-Eastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra.  


In Iowa, he was a member of Freestyle, Corey Taylor’s JBKB, JaZz In A FuNkY PLaCe, Cleo’s Apartment, One Nite Stand, and Signal:Noise:Sound:System.  


You can hear him in Des Moines regularly performing with Courtney Krause, Scot SutherlandEnglish and Gustav Art.

He proudly endorses TM Custom tenor saxophones designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness.

Tommy studied with Greg Banaszak (international soloist) and Bob Reynolds (John Mayer, Snarky Puppy).  

Notable awards include 2015 Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2006 & 2007 ASCAPlus Award.