John Thomson served for twenty-five years as Director of Bands at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. From 1967 to 1981, he was Director of Bands at East Allegheny High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His New Trier and East Allegheny ensembles have performed at numerous state, national and international events including three appearances at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. For many summers, he served as a conductor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and has conducted the camp’s International Band in Europe.
Mr. Thomson received his bachelors and masters degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. While completing course work towards a PhD in Music Education at Northwestern University, he served for two years as a Teaching Assistant in both the Departments of Conducting and Performing Organizations and Music Education. In addition to his work at Roosevelt University, he also observes student teachers for Northwestern University and serves as a contributing editor and new music reviewer for The Instrumentalist Magazine. Mr. Thomson remains active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator.
Personal awards include several National Band Association Citations of Excellence, the American School Band Directors Association Stanbury Award, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award, the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award, the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award, and the New Trier Outstanding Achievement Award. He has been elected to the Phi Beta Mu Illinois Band Directors Hall of Fame at Northwestern University. Professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association (Goldman Citation Award Committee), National Band Association (Revelli Composition Award Committee), American School Band Directors Association (past State Chair), National Association for Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association (past District VII Band Chair), Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha.