Mr. Elijah Thomas Jr.
Mr. Elijah Thomas, Jr. was born on July 22, 1970, in Belle Glade, Florida. In his early childhood, he discovered a love for music and began playing the trombone at the age of 13. During high school, he participated in numerous honor bands and ensembles receiving accolades in various categories.
Mr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with honors from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida where he was a conducting student of Dr. William P. Foster and Dr. Julian E. White. Throughout his undergraduate tenure, Mr. Thomas was an active member of the marching, symphonic, jazz and pep bands at FAMU. In a constant pursuit of achieving his personal best, he earned the title of trombone section leader for the Marching 100, principal trombonist for the symphonic band and lead trombonist for the jazz ensemble. Under the tutelage of Mr. Lindsey B. Sarjeant, Elijah became a student musical arranger for the World Famous “Marching 100”. Encompassing a love of theory, but also considering whole-heartedly that practical application is the key to learning success.
Mr. Thomas has successfully provided over eighteen years of learning to a diverse group of students within four school districts: The School District of Palm Beach County, Clayton County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools. He currently serves as the Director of Bands at Everglades High School. Prior to joining the staff at Everglades High School, he served as the Director of Bands for the Miami Killian Senior High School, the Young Men’s Preparatory Academy, North Clayton Community High School, Forest Hill Community High School and was appointed as an inaugural staff member (Director of Bands) at Boynton Beach Community High School. Under his direction, his students have successfully participated in District Honor Bands and Orchestras, Colligate Honor Bands and Orchestras and All State Honor Bands. Because of Mr. Thomas’ expansive knowledge in the music education arena and his tireless dedication applied toward making each student strive to achieve his or her personal best, his students consistently receive superior ratings at orchestra, marching, concert and jazz band evaluations. Likewise, students receive superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festivals. Mr. Thomas is an active guest clinician, arranger and trombonist. He has been married over a decade to his lovely wife, Dr. Shawntrice Z. Thomas, and has four children whom he cherishes dearly (Elijah Thomas, III, Isaiah Z. Thomas, Brooke E. Thomas and Daniel B. Thomas).