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Mr.  Thomas   Mann
Orchestra Director 6-8
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Subjects Taught
Guitar, Orchestra

Education

-MM, Composition (in progress)

-Texas Music Education Certified EC-12

-ESL Supplemental Certification

-Texas State University

-Edinboro University of Pennsylvania



Experience

Professional, Music Performance 1992-present

Private Instruction 1994-present

Austin Independent School District 2013-present

   Choir Director, Travis High School 2013-2015

   Guitar Director, Mendez Middle School 2013-present

   Head Orchestra and Guitar Director, Mendez Middle School 2015-present



Bio

Thomas Mann has been playing Piano, Hammond Organ, Rhodes, Guitar and bass professionally for over 20 years. Though his 40 years of playing piano make keyboards his primary specialty, being a multi instrumentalist has been a valuable asset as a live performer and teacher. Originally trained in classical, Thomas moved to Jazz and Blues very early but stayed open and teachable as he developed through his career. He sought out instruction in all disciplines and because of immersing himself in all styles, Mann has the ability to play almost any genre, and he has, with various artists around Texas and the United States. Along with live performances, his abilities have proven valuable in the studio, where Thomas has proven to be a quick study of the material and easy to work with.  Though Thomas has been teaching privately for over 20 years, he moved back into the classical realm, studied under Washington Garcia and is now Head Director of Orchestra and Guitar for Mendez Middle School and was previously Choir Director at Travis High School for 2 years in Austin ISD. Though Thomas continues to perform, arrange and compose, his main focus is now in education and bringing to the next generation what has been the greatest gift ever, music. “Everything wonderful in my life has been because of music. I am honored and humbled to be able to share my gifts with the next generation so they might find all the joys and opportunities afforded to me because of it.”

He has played with artists such as Freddy Powers, Sonny Throckmorton, Diana Cantu, and Kelly Williams. As well as opening for B.B.King, Storyville, Bob Schneider, Pat Benetar, Chris Duerte, and NRBQ, among others.

Thomas always tries to keep his grasp beyond his reach and strives to be as well rounded in music as possible while driving for more knowledge and ability without sacrificing creativity.