My biggest musical influence is the five-time Grammy nominated national recording artist, the brains behind the internationally recognized Summer Jazz Workshop and founder of the Houston International Jazz festival, and my father, Mr. Bubbha Thomas. Growing up in Houston Texas as the son of a jazz musician, I had the experience of rubbing shoulders and getting to know heavy-weights and legendary figures in music. I would go to gigs and practices and listen to such jazz greats as Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson, live and candid. I heard and watched masters like Conrad O. Johnson (Thunder Soul the Movie), Samuel Jackson, and Craig Green arrange and conduct large and small ensembles. I was also exposed to my father's band (Bubbha Thomas and the Lightmen), in which were some of the best Musicians on the planet. I remember watching such greats as Virgil Solomon, Kenny Abair, Ronnie Laws, Pat Williams, Ed Rose, Doug Harris, Don Paterson, Kirk Whalum, and noticing their seriousness and the way they approached practices and gigs. Later, I became interested in playing trombone after seeing a young Frank Lacy in the Summer Jazz workshop. So in 7th grade, I began to study trombone. I have had some of the finest instructors on the planet. Ronald B. Thornton, Al Jones, Nathaniel Brickens, Paul Adams, Kevin Ward, Craig Marshall, and Ed Lowe. While in college, I studied the arranging styles of Mr. Dowell Taylor (JSU), Mr. Paul I. Adams (JSU), Samuel Jackson (TXSU), and Mr.George Edwards (PV A&M). My goal in forming the Texas Brass Band was to bring back true entertainment, as well as a high reguard for musicianship and professionalism. My vision for the Texas Brass Band as it's founder, visionary, and creator is to represent all of my musical inspirations. Also, become an international ambassador to the world by bringing a brassy original funk style of music from the great state of Texas. Kickin Brass & Takin Names.