Upcoming Shows
Past Shows
Date: Wednesday 8/23/2017
Time: 3:00pm
Location: American House, Rochester Hills, MI
Solo Piano
Date: Wednesday 8/23/2017
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Rec Bowl, Mt. Clemens, MI
Trumpet with Planet D Nonet
Date: Saturday 8/26/2017
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Private Event - Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Thursday 9/7/2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Whisky Parlor
Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Sunday 9/10/2017
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church, Warren, MI
Piano with The Coachmen, Festival
Date: Thursday 9/14/2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Whisky Parlor
Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Saturday 9/16/2017
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
Location: The Whisky Parlor
Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Thursday 9/21/2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Whisky Parlor
Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Thursday 9/28/2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Whisky Parlor
Piano with James O'Donnell
Date: Friday 10/13/2017
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Mirage Hall, Clinton Township, MI
Piano with The Coachmen, MCREST Event
Date: Sunday 10/22/2017
Time:
Location: American Polish Century Club, Sterling Heights, MI
Piano with The Coachmen, Dinner/Dance
Date: Friday 11/3/2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Royalty House, Warren, MI
Wedding Cocktail Hour and Dinner - David Thomas & Co. (Quartet)

About David Thomas

David Thomas is a multi-instrumentalist, with his primary instruments being the piano and the trumpet. He is from Rochester Hills, Michigan. He began taking piano lessons with Mrs. Christine Gahman when he was 7 years old and finished his high school piano training with Mrs. Shawn Panek. His trumpet career began in the 6th grade. His band teacher, Mr. Bill Walters, “fit” him with the trumpet, and he hasn’t put it down since.

A highlight in David’s musical career was when at the age of 17, he was called on stage to play with Wallace Roney, a world-renowned, Grammy-award winning trumpet player mentored by Miles Davis. David says it was a thrill of a lifetime and a privilege to play on the same stage as Wallace Roney, as well as Ralphe Armstrong, who played bass.

David was in the jazz studies program at Michigan State University. He studied with Etienne Charles, Rodney Whitaker, Randy Gelispie, Wessell Anderson, Diego Rivera, and Rick Roe. He played in the MSU Jazz Orchestras and Octets and led an MSU Jazz Combo.

David was the leader of DTQ (David Thomas Quartet) and the Funtet while at MSU. He and his groups performed around the East Lansing area playing primarily original jazz compositions written by David, as well as standards from The Great American Songbook. The members have included Taylor Herron on alto saxophone and flute, Alex Krausman on piano, Sam Copperman on bass, Jordan Otto on drums, Griffin Vacheron on trombone, and the late Nate Woodring on drums, who is sorely missed.

While at MSU, David also played trumpet with the Bard Owls, an Appalachian folk group based in East Lansing. He is the featured artist on the song, “Blue Rail Line,” off of their album, “No Tracks.”

David is also a certified teacher in grades K – 8. He graduated from Michigan State University with his Elementary Education degree and a minor in music.

David currently leads his jazz trio, David Thomas & Co., in which he plays piano, Rhodes electric piano, trumpet, melodica, piccolo, and flute. He plays with Planet D Nonet, run by drummer, RJ Spangler, and trumpeter, James O’Donnell. David plays solo piano at the Rochester Chop House and Kabin Kruser’s Oyster Bar in Rochester, Michigan. Currently in his second year, he is the piano accompanist for the Rochester Community Schools Elementary District Choir and has arranged jazz tunes for the children’s choir to perform at their concerts throughout the school year. David can be found playing either solo or with his jazz duo or trio at restaurants, clubs, wedding ceremonies and receptions, fundraisers, churches, private events, and other various functions. Other than aforementioned, David also plays with several other bands and artists in the Detroit area.

Title: Return of the Prodigal Son

Composer: Harold Ousley

Performed by:

David Thomas (Piano)

Sam Copperman (Bass)

Jordan Otto (Drums)

Title: Sweet Georgia Brown

Composer: Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, Kenneth Casey

Performed by:

David Thomas (Piano)

Sam Copperman (Bass)

Jordan Otto (Drums)

Title: Lulu's Back in Town

Composer: Al Dubin, Harry Warren

Performed by:

David Thomas (Piano)

Sam Copperman (Bass)

Jordan Otto (Drums)

Title: Makin' Whoopee

Composer: Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn

Performed by:

David Thomas (Piano)

Sam Copperman (Bass)

Jordan Otto (Drums)

Press & Venues
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Contact Information:
For booking information contact David at dtjazz320@gmail.com