Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt

Berklee College of Music

One of Bostons versatile free-lance percussionists, Thomas Schmidt has performed with; The Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, The Discovery Ensemble, New Bedford Symphony, and The Brevard Music Centers Faculty Orchestra. A regular down in the pit orchestra, he has played for The 75th Anniversary Tour of George Gershwins Porgy and Bess, The Boston Lyric Opera, various tours with the New England Opera, and the National Lyric Opera. Equally at home playing in a jazz big band or drum-set for a musical, Thomas has performed with the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, and has been the drum-set player for countless musicals in the New England area. In the contemporary classical music scene he has performed with new music ensembles ALEA III and Dinosaur Annex. He can often be found in orchestras assembled for various local choruses, such as Masterworks Chorale, Harvard-Radcliff Chorus, Boston Celia Society, Coro Allegro, Chorus ProMusica, The Brookline Chorus, and The Newburyport Chorale. Thomas received his Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Maine, and his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory. His studies were with Dr. Stuart Marrs in Maine and with Pat Hollenbeck, Salvatore Rabbio, John Grimes, and Nancy Zeltsman in Boston. He is an Assistant Professor at The Berklee College of Music.

Thomas Schmidt'S SETUP:

  1. My 14" fast crash
  2. K light ride and hi hats are always a go to for smaller theater gigs. I often bring all four of my Constantinople suspended cymbals to orchestra rehearsal. The colors
  3. weight
  4. and drama that one can create with four mallet technique on suspended cymbal parts is always fascinating to me. I am very fortunate to own six pairs of Zildjian crash cymbals. Constantinople's
  5. K Symphonic's
  6. and Classic Orchestral's. What sounds right for Gershwin probably won't work for Mahler...or maybe it will....?

* May be prototype

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    My 14" A custom fast crash is my favorite sound for traditional musicals by composers like Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. That sound somewhere between a splash and our modern day concept of a drum set crash. I also love that "old school" dark sound of my K Symphonic's.