John Thomas

August 2019

At this time openings for new saxophone students are limited.  Please email or call.  You will find contact email and phone numbers at the bottom of this page.   Thank you!

Mr. Thomas moved to Florida in 1998 and is an active woodwind and jazz performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator.  He has been the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Instrumental Music at Florida State College in Jacksonville since 2007.  He previously taught at Santa Fe College, the University of Florida, and the University of North Florida.  Mr. Thomas holds a current Florida Professional Teaching Certificate for Music K-12 and is a member the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA).  He is an active certified adjudicator for FBA Solo and Ensemble at District and State levels.

Saxophone students from his Gainesville private studio were selected for Florida All-State Bands twenty-six times between 1999 and 2007.  Based on these results, Mr. Thomas presented a clinic and demonstration with student performances in January 2005 at the Florida Music Educators Convention and Southern Division MENC Conference in Tampa, Florida. In 2008, Mr. Thomas relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he has had similar results with saxophone students from the Jacksonville area.  He taught saxophone and saxophone quartet/ensemble at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) in Jacksonville, Florida from 2007-2016.

Students from Mr. Thomas' saxophone studio have continued their musical studies at the following institutions: University of Miami Frost School of Music, New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, University of North Texas, University of Denver Lamont School of Music, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of Central Florida, Duke University, and others.  Most of these students were awarded significant financial aid based upon successful scholarship auditions.

John Thomas entered the United States Air Force Band program in 1978 after completing his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  His first assignment was as Principal Saxophonist with the NORAD Band in Colorado Springs (a joint service American/Canadian band).  In 1982, he became a member of the United States Air Force Academy “Falconaires” Jazz Ensemble, also in Colorado Springs.  In 1987, he had the honor of winning a position with The United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C.  During his eleven years with the The United States Air Force Band, Mr. Thomas held Co-Principal and Principal Alto Saxophone positions with The Concert Band.  He toured with the band on twenty-two major tours through all fifty states, Europe, and Russia.  As a member of The USAF Band, he performed on more than thirty compact disc recordings and played more than 1100 concerts, many with notable guest artists such as Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, The Four Freshman, Roy Clark, Roger Miller, Marie Osmond, James Earl Jones, Mister Rogers, The Four Tops, Steve Gadd, Robert Merrill, and the Canadian Brass.  John performed under the baton of many distinguished guest conductors including Frederick Fennell, Gunther Schuller, Morton Gould, Richard Strange, Erich Kunzel, and Arnald Gabriel.  

While assigned to The United States Air Force Band, Mr. Thomas performed regularly with the Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, serving as their primary woodwind “sub” for eleven years.  He performed with the Airmen of Note at military functions, concerts, tours, and jazz festivals, including the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.  He played every instrument in the section, including doubles on piccolo, flute, clarinet, and bass clarinets.  Mr. Thomas also performed with The USAF Ceremonial Band on numerous occasions, including performances at the White House for the President of the United States.  

Mr. Thomas currently teaches private saxophone lessons to students in the Duval County, Clay County, Nassau County, and St. John's County area.

Please email or call Mr. Thomas for more information about saxophone lessons.

Phone (904) 730-3530   Voice mail (Please leave a message!)

Cell phone (352) 316-2476 (Voice or Text)

RATE: $40 per hour

Suggested lesson lengths:

Beginner (6th to 7th Grades): 30 minutes ($20)

Intermediate: (7th to 12th Grades): 45 minutes ($30)

Advanced, or very competitive students:  60 minutes ($40)