Mr. Thomas is Founder and Honorary Life President of The National Flute Association. At the annual convention in 2005, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award-- shown at left. Click here to learn more about this organization. Other honors include The University of NC at Charlotte College of Arts Sciences Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (2001): he is the only music faculty member to have received this honor. Thomas is listed in The International Who's Who in Music, Who's Who in Music, and Who's Who in America.
He has performed with The National Gallery Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and The Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra.
Thomas has been guest soloist with The US Army Band, The US Air Force Band, The New York Flute Club, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, The National Gallery Orchestra, The South Bend Symphony Orchestra (IN), Iowa State University Wind Ensemble, SC All State Band, Texas Bandmasters Association, Stetson University Orchestra, The National Flute Association convention & The British Flute Society, to name just a few, along with countless solo performances for flute and piano, flute and flute choir, and flute and strings.
A number of well known composers have dedicated works to Mr. Thomas, including Emma Lou Diemer (Sonata for Flute and Piano and Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, which he world premiered with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra).