Curriculum Vitae

THOMAS LEE SPANN JR.

Nashville, Tennessee 37217 | 843.693.8263 | spannt5@gmail.com

 Curriculum Vitae



EDUCATION:

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

M.S. Music Education (Percussion)

2010

Master Thesis:  A SURVEY OF SELECTIVE PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE LITERATURE:  1930-1985

BENEDICT COLLEGE

B.A. General Music-Instrumental Concentration (Percussion)

2008

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2019-Present

National Museum of African American Music-

NMAAM From Nothing to Something Teaching Artist

211 7th Avenue, Ste. 420, Nashville, Tennessee

2018-2020

Creative Soul Music Academy-Lead Academy Neely’s Bend Middle School

General Music:Drumline-Nashville, Tennessee-Music/Drumline Teacher

2018-Present

Creative Soul Music Academy-Nashville, Tennessee, Drum instructor

2018-2020                    

Music For L.I.F.E Summer Music Camp|From the Heart Foundation-Nashville, TN-Guest Music Professor/Artist

2018-Present                     

Sounds.com|Native Instruments-Nashville, Tennessee-Sound Designer

2015-2018      

Volunteer State Community College – Gallatin, TN: 

Adjunct Instructor- Percussion Instruction 

2013-Present       

Fisk University – Nashville, TN: Adjunct Lecturer|Director of Marching Band ,            Drumline,Percussion and Brass Techniques, World Music

2012                    

Allen University – Columbia, SC:  Adjunct Professor-Drum set

2012-2018   

Tennessee State University – Nashville, TN:  

Adjunct Professor-Applied Percussion

2010-Present        

Private Percussion Studio – Nashville, TN:  Percussion

  • Teach middle and high school age students to play all percussion instruments
  • Implement daily practice routines with assigned percussion literature
  • Improve students’ basic elements in performing classical and commercial music

2010-2011        

Gra-Mar Middle School – Nashville, TN:  Percussion 

2010  

Nashville School of the Arts– Nashville, TN: Percussion Instructor

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE:

2018                  National Museum of African American Music-Fine Tuning with Trumpeter,   

                          Rod McGaha

2017-Present     DSD Jazz Quartet

2016-Present     Sonja Hopkins Band

2016                  Sonja Hopkins Band/Jazz On The Cumberland/Nashville, Tennessee 

2016                DSD Jazz Quartet 

                        Fisk University Summer Jazz Festival

                        Nashville, Tennessee 

2015             DSD Jazz Quartet

                      Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Music Matinee/Impact Television Network

                     Nashville, Tennessee            

2014           Blended 328/U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassy (Cambodia,

                           Thailand, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe, Africa, 

                          Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, Russia, Kazakhstan)/

                           Music Cultural Tour/Drum set/Percussion/Music Education Clinician

2013                  CSO Charleston Spiritual Ensemble/Charleston, SC: Percussion

2013                  Blended 328/U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassy (Russia,Pakistan, Brazil, Paraguay) Music Cultural Tour ; Islamabad, Pakistan; Moscow, Russia; Brasilia, Brazil; Asuncion, Paraguay/drum set/Hand percussion/Music Education Clinician

   2012-Present     Fisk University Jazz Ensemble; Nashville, TN/drum set

2012-Present     Stateland Missionary Baptist Church; Hermitage, TN/drum set

2011-2013         William Davenport and The NuVibe Band (Neo Soul-R&B) Nashville, TN

  Drum set

2011                  Leslie J (R&B, Soul, Jazz Band); Nashville, TN/drum set

2010- 2012       Gene Jones and The Soul Lounge Band;Nashville,TN/Percussion

2010- 2012        Utopia Band; Tullahoma, TN/drum set

2009               Blended 328 (Country/Pop); Nashville, TN/drum set and

  Hand percussion

2009-2013   Judah Temple of Praise Church; Nashville, TN/drum set and

  Hand percussion

2008-2012          Kerry Frazier and Friends Jazz Combo; Nashville, TN/drum set

2008-2010   Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble/percussion

  Tennessee State University Jazz Collegians & Jazz combo/

   Drum set

2004-2008          Benedict College Marching Band/snare drum (section leader)

Benedict College Pep Band/snare drum

Benedict College Concert Band/percussion

Benedict College Jazz Band/drum set

PROFESSIONAL STUDIO RECORDINGS: Drumset/Percussion

2020                Professor Funk’s Deep Cuts

BonusCheck Productions, Kyd Dynomyte, Thomas Spann, Jr., Music Row,

                        Nashville, TN

2019                Message Read, Short Film soundtrack,

                        Spencer Glover, Larry Jenkins, Nashville, TN

2016                Kemia Soul and Candice Floyd

Kemia Soul Productions, Hilltop Studios, Madison, TN 

2015 Dr. Sean Daniels and The DSD Jazz Quartet (Gospel/Jazz); 

SoundStage Music Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN

2015                The God Encounter: The Experience: Vol. 1 (Gospel); Darius Mines

            Productions; Nashville, TN

2014               Jazmin Ghent (Smooth Jazz); OmniSound Studios; Nashville, TN

2013           Tamica Harris (Jazz); Soul Beat Productions; Hermitage, TN

2012 Stefan Forbus (Jazz); Two Mule Parade Studios; Nashville, TN

2011 The New Curtis Fields (R&B, Soul, Jazz); Headroom Studio; Nashville, TN

2011 Blended 328 (Country and Pop); South Jam Nashville (Record Label); Nashville, TN

AWARDS/HONORS:

2010 Tennessee State University Jazz Collegians

2009 Best Soloist Award; North Texas Jazz Festival

2008 Artistic Excellence Achievement Award; Benedict College

ENDORSEMENTS

Regal Tip Sticks, By Calato

Pearl/Adams Percussion

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Percussive Arts Society-PAS

Broadcast Music Incorporated-BMI

REFERENCES:

Dr. Sean E. Daniels, Chairman of Fine Arts

Alcorn State University

Department of Fine Arts

1000 ASU Dr. #29

Alcorn State, MS 39096

sdaniels771@outlook.com

803-920-2240

Mr. Gerald Jenkins, Director of Music Academy

Creative Soul Music Academy

2709 Bransford Ave

Nashville, TN 37204

creativesoulnashville@gmail.com

615-403-6718

Robert Willis, Pastor

Stateland Missionary Baptist Church

Old Hickory, Tennessee 

rwwillis1dove@yahoo.com

(615)5873210