Thomas Guest Soloist for Southern Jazz Combos

March 8, 2012
Dr. Phillip C. Wise Director
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Dr. Joel Thomas, Instructor of Keyboard at Dodge City Community College and a Missouri Southern State University alumnus, will be the Guest Soloist for the next performance of the Southern Jazz Combos, slated for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.

The performance is free and open to the public.
Dr. Thomas teaches all keyboard classes at Dodge City Community College as well as theory, history, and music technology. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Missouri Southern State University.

During his doctoral studies at MSU, he completed a cognate in composition with internationally recognized composer Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. At the University of Missouri he earned distinction by winning the Emerging Artist and Concerto competitions, the latter of which resulted in an acclaimed performance of Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto. 

He won numerous competitions during his studies at MSSU, most notably the Crescendo Music Awards in Tulsa, OK. He is also an accomplished and skilled jazz pianist. He is a member of The Dallas Asia Pacific Connection, which recently completed a commercial tour of Thailand and Malaysia.
Joel Thomas’ appearance is courtesy of a grant from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

Three combos will perform Tadd Dameron’s Lady Bird, Bob Brookmeyer’s Hum and John Lewis’s Diango, as well as Thelonius Monk’s Blue Monk, Louis Bonfi’s Black Orpheus and Oliver Nelson’s Stolen Moments.
Other selections will include Henry Mancini’s Days of Wine & Roses, Michel LeGrande’s What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, Phil Wise’s Sao Paulo and Ferde Grofe’s Dear Old Stockholm.
Performers will include the following:  
Tuesday 4:30 Combo
Trombone: Brandon Gallemore, senior Biochemistry major, Seneca
Trombone: Brock Herron, junior Music Education, Carthage
Trombone: Terrel Donovan, sophomore Music Education major, Carrot Bay, BVI
Bass: Matt Clark, junior Music major, Joplin
Drums: Nathan Conley, freshman Music Education major, Nevada
Piano: Dr. Phillip C. Wise, Director                                                                            
Tuesday 3:30 Combo
Saxophone: Barry Arwood, junior Music major, Joplin
Piano: Marissa Robinson, senior General Studies major, Granby
Bass: Quinn Dirks, junior Music major, Carl Junction
Drums: Arthur Johnson, senior Music major, Joplin                                                                                   
Guitar: Matt Clark, junior Music major, Joplin
Thursday 3:30 Combo
Saxophone: Kyle Babbitt, junior Teacher Education major, Joplin
Bass: Matt Clark, junior Music major, Joplin                                                  
Drums: Matt Holland, junior German major, Granby
Piano: Dr. Phillip C. Wise, Director