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Thomas M. Palance

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Thomas M. Palance is a renowned trumpet performer and educator known for his versatility and innovative teaching style.

Palance has toured Europe as principal trumpet with the American Chamber Wind Ensemble. He was assistant principal trumpet and soloist for the United States Navy Concert Band in Washington, DC and served as Navy Band Commodores trumpet soloist and chief in charge of the band. Through this affiliation, Palance has had the opporunity to perform for five U.S. presidents, as well as at the White House and other prestigious Washington, DC functions. Palance recently retired from the Washington, DC U.S. Navy Band after 20 years of service.

Additionally, Palance has performed with the renowned Glenn Miller Band, Joe Williams, Jim Snidero, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry and many others as a freelance trumpet player. He has premiered works by Matthew Rinker (Trio for Trumpet, Piano and Percussion) at George Mason University as well as works his own classical solo trumpets works, including his latest Three Episodes for Trumpet, Piano and Percussion. 

Palance is the founder of The Greater Washington Jazz Septet and The Crawdads, and he has produced the CD, Dont' Lose Your Tail with the Crawfords, which featured the groups' original works. He is an artist and clinician with Besson trumpets, and he is now with Yamaha Musical Instruments. Palance has been invited to guest conduct and perform at numerous festivals and educational clinics, including the South Carolina Jazz Educators and Connecticut Music Educators Conference, and he has guest conducted for the Maine All State Jazz Festival. In addition, Palance founded and currently leads The North Shore Jazz Camp.

Palance has taught trumpet jazz band and jazz methods at the University of New Hampshire and currently conducts the Orchestra on the Hill based in the North Shore. He serves on the music education faculty of The Boston Conservatory and Salem State College.

Because of his versatility as a performer, composer, conductor and educator, Palance is in great demand in the New England area. He was recently featured as trumpet soloist during the 2007 International Guild Trumpet Conference.

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