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Musician 1st Class Thomas Eby,


MU1 Thomas Eby

Musician 1st Class Thomas Eby, a native of South Bend, Indiana, joined the Navy band in 2014 and serves as a trumpeter in the Commodores jazz ensemble. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in music education from Elmhurst College, near Chicago, where he studied trumpet, jazz theory, composition and piano with Chicago greats Mark Colby, Frank Portolese, Frank Caruso, Doug Beach, Matt Lee and Rob Parton. As a member of the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, Eby had the opportunity to take seven European tours and play with countless jazz professionals and educators including Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, the New York Voices, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, Byron Stripling and many more.

Eby earned his Master of Music in jazz trumpet performance from the University of North Texas studying under Jay Saunders, Mike Steinel and Rodney Booth. While in Dallas, he was selected as trumpet soloist for the Disney All-American College Band (2007), toured Australia/Southeast Asia/Pacific Island with Princess Cruises (2008), and performed as a lead trumpet player, soloist and horn writer in top 40 bands, recording studios and churches. He also did extensive work as an educator and clinician throughout Dallas/Ft. Worth, but always made time to pursue his deepest love, the big band genre, performing with Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Bobby Timmons, Arturo Sandoval, Roger Ingram, John Fedchock and Clay Jenkins, among others.

When he is not playing or writing for the Commodores, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, training his dog and going to baseball games.