Artist Statement

C. L. Thomas is an emerging composer seeking to use his craft to break the fourth wall and create a personal experience through his music. To the audience, he aims to create an immersive experience depicting vivid portraits and emotions ranging from the exuberance of a carefree child to the haunting stillness of death, and more.


C. L. Thomas is a composer-conductor born in the state of Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree at Marshall University and currently pursuing his masters at George Mason University under the private instruction of Prof. Mark Camphouse. Thomas also received instruction from L'Artiste Ordinaire and Brigid Burke

Thomas holds the honor of working with various ensembles such as the Greater Huntington Symphonic band, the Marshall University Concert Band, Thomas S. Wootton Chamber winds as a featured composer-conductor. His works have been performed at events featuring Arizona State University, Society of Composers Inc., the West Virginia Public Radio, and more.

Thomas is also known as a performer in the West Virginia/Ohio/Kentucky Tri-state Area working as a jazz trombonist with local bands in addition to the Marshall University Jazz Big Band. He has worked with accomplished performers such as Sabian artist Keith R. Burgess, Lars Swanson, and professor Jeff Wolfe.