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Dr. Thomas Breadon Jr.

Dr. Thomas Mark Breadon Jr. is an active educator, bassoonist and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College where he teaches bassoon and composition lessons, chamber music, music theory and humanities courses. He is also in his first year as band director at the Arizona School for the Arts and maintains a private bassoon and composition studio in the greater Phoenix area. For the last three summers he has taught bassoon, chamber music, improvisation and composition at the Mill Avenue Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.

Breadon performs as a bassoonist with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, The West Valley Symphony Orchestra and a myriad of ensembles throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. In addition to orchestral and chamber music he performs as an improviser with many varying artists including Provisions DJ Collective and Oh My Ears Black Air.

Breadon maintains an active career in music composition and arrangement. In the summers of 2017 and 2018 his works Impressions for Wind Quintet and Aesop’s Fables were recorded with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players. His works Lyddimy for bass clarinet and bassoon and Sonatine for violin and piano are being recorded by faculty members at Grand Canyon University later this fall. Most recently, he premiered a new work entitled North American Folktales for woodwind quintet and narrator as a continuation of the Mill Avenue Chamber Players educational programming.
He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, holds Masters degrees in Bassoon Performance and Music Theory from The University of Akron and received a bachelor's in Music Performance from Morehead State University.