Thomas Henderson received his first post-secondary education in Physics. Even while continuing his scientific studies, Thomas had returned to studying the trombone and the course he set for himself upon graduation led him to schools in Vancouver, Banff and Toronto and to master teachers from all over the world. On this path he met Stuart Dempster, a teacher and New Music trombone soloist from Seattle. Stuart’s fascination for the aboriginal Australian didjeridu was contagious and Thomas learned the rudiments of the instrument from him.
As an orchestral trombonist Thomas has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Brott Festival Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony, and the Etobicoke Philharmonic (including as concerto soloist).
Thomas’ love of small instrumental groupings and a passion for more direct communication with audiences led him to form the brass quintet Brass Rings and to develop its signature performance style which blended spoken word, theatre and music. Scaling down even farther, he created his popular children’s show Thomas And His Trombone and also began leading Experiential Learning Sessions for developmentally challenged students using the didjeridu.
Thomas is a Para-professional teacher at Eastwood Collegiate, on the faculty of The Academy at St Andrew’s College in Aurora and has been on the Faculty of Renaissance Academy of the Arts for over 20 years. He is very pleased to bring his organic and technically sound approach to brass playing to each of his students.