One of Boston’s versatile free-lance percussionists, Thomas Schmidt has performed with; The Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, The Discovery Ensemble, New Bedford Symphony, and The Brevard Music Centers Faculty Orchestra. A regular down in the pit orchestra, he has played for The 75th Anniversary Tour of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, The Boston Lyric Opera, various tours with the New England Opera, and the National Lyric Opera. Equally at home playing in a jazz big band or drum-set for a musical, Thomas has performed with the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, and has been the drum-set player for countless musicals in the New England area. In the contemporary classical music scene he has performed with new music ensembles ALEA III and Dinosaur Annex. He can often be found in orchestras assembled for various local choruses, such as Masterworks Chorale, Harvard-Radcliff Chorus, Boston Celia Society, Coro Allegro, Chorus ProMusica, The Brookline Chorus, and The Newburyport Chorale. Thomas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Maine, and his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory. His studies were with Dr. Stuart Marrs in Maine and with Pat Hollenbeck, Salvatore Rabbio, John Grimes, and Nancy Zeltsman in Boston. He is on the percussion faculty at The Berklee College of Music, The St. Marks School, and the after school lesson programs for the Hopkinton, Westwood, and Dover-Sherborn public school systems. Thomas is endorsed by Zildjian cymbals.