Kelland Thomas Since his professional debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1993, Kelland Thomas has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. He was a prizewinner in the Lansing Matinee Musicale Competition, the Ima Hogg International Young Artist Competition, and the Performers of Connecticut Young Artist Competition. An active chamber musician, Dr. Thomas has been a member of the Resounding Winds Saxophone Quartet, the Michigan Saxophone Quartet with Donald Sinta, and has performed with the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and MIDI Ensemble. As a member of the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, he won first prizes at the Coleman, Carmel, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. In 1997 he toured throughout Japan with world-renowned marimbist Keiko Abe and the Michigan Chamber Players.

A versatile musician comfortable in a variety of genres, Dr. Thomas performs, records, and tours regularly with vintage jazz group The Original Wildcat Jass Band and fusion band Sylvan Street. He performs regularly throughout Arizona and has performed with Jerry Lewis, Peter Nero, The Four Tops, Diane Schuur, Manhattan Transfer, The Spinners, Sam Moore, Jimmy Heath, and many more.

Kelland Thomas earned the degree Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Michigan State University, and holds the degrees Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, Master of Music in Music Theory, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta. His recordings have appeared on the Summit, Mode, Albany, and AUR record labels. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arizona, where he is Coordinator of the Camerata Career Development Program and Saxophone Professor.

On YouTube:


Click here for the Maple Leaf Rag, my tribute to Sidney Bechet, with the Original Wildcat Jass Band.



Click here to check out the St. Louis Blues with the Original Wildcat Jass Band.



Free the Toronto Nine with Sylvan Street, directed by John Sears.