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 Arizona School for the Arts and maintains a private bassoon/composition studio in the greater Phoenix area. For the last three summers he has taught bassoon, chamber music, improvisation, and composition at the Mill Ave Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.
Dr. Breadon performs as a bassoonist with Mill Ave Chamber Players, West Valley Symphony, 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, Oh My Ears, and Black Air.
Dr. Breadon maintains an active career in music composition and arranging. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, his works Impressions for Wind Quintet and Aesop’s Fables were recorded by Mill Ave Chamber Players. In fall 2019, his works Lyddimy for bass clarinet and bassoon and Sonatine for violin and piano were recorded by faculty members at Grand Canyon University. Most recently, he premiered a new work entitled North American Folktales for woodwind quintet and narrator as a continuation of the Mill Ave Chamber Players educational programming.
Thomas 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 Bachelors in Music Performance from Morehead State University.