Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Chris began playing at the age of 12, under the experienced tutelage of John Leach. Membership of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Band (with most of the current Cory Band!) and then the National Youth Brass Band of Wales ensured swift progress.

At the age of 16, he detoured across the Severn Bridge to Sun Life and spent four years there before joining the Cory Band as Solo Trombone in 1989. A long road that went through Stockport, Auckland, Bedwas & Tredegar led back to Ton Pentre, when Chris re-joined Cory in May, 2000.

Chris has been British Trombone Champion on numerous occasions. He was British Open Solo Champion twice and has represented UK banding twice in the 'International Brass Musician of the Year' championships, with one win and one runner-up spot.

He is trombone tutor to the National Youth Brass Bands of Wales & Switzerland and has performed as Soloist with them on a number of occasions, the most recent of which was in July, 2007, where he was featured in Alun Hoddinott's Concerto Grosso. In 2011, he joined the tutoring staff of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Children's Band of Great Britain. He will again tutor the 2012 NYBBGB at their Easter course in Taunton.

In November 2009, Chris won the Don Lusher award at the Brass in Concert Championships, as the outstanding trombone player at the contest and in 2011 he was awarded best instrumentalist at the Welsh Regional Championships.