Dr. Ben Thomas is one of the most in-demand vibists in the Pacific Northwest. Known for combining virtuosic technique with flowing lyricism, Thomas’s music spans from pyrotechnic improvisations to delicate soundscapes.
In addition to leading jazz and tango ensembles, he performs as a sideman on mallets, percussion, and bandoneon with a wide variety of groups throughout the United States, including the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto and the Atlas Tango Project. He currently has five albums of original compositions available on Origin Records.
Thomas completed his Doctor of Musical Art in Percussion Performance at the University of Washington in 2007. Over the years, he has performed at dozens of festivals and concerts in Washington such as Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Issaquah Jazz Festival, Anacortes Arts Festival and more.