Reed Thomas (b 1962) is the Director of Bands and a full Professor of Music and Conducting at Middle Tennessee State University. His responsibilities include conducting the wind ensemble and university chamber winds, teaching undergraduate courses in conducting and instrumental methods, graduate courses in conducting and wind and orchestral repertoire, and he guides all aspects of the MTSU band program. Thomas is an active conductor and clinician who has received praise and critical acclaim for his artistic interpretations, thorough preparation and innovative programming. He has been a guest conductor and his groups have been invited to perform at venues throughout the United States, Spain, China, South Korea, Panama and Costa Rica. He is an avid supporter of new music, having commissioned over forty compositions since 2003. A native of Colorado, he received his PhD in Music with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Minnesota and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Utah.