Gregory Thompkins

Gregory Thompkins's Biography

Gregory Thompkins performs and resides in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an early jazz and commercial music graduate of Towson University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in 1989. Mr. Thompkins has studied music with Hank Levy, Glenn Cashman, Ron Diehl, George Garzone, Sara Nichols, and Denis Karp. In his 30-plus year music career, he has performed with All Mighty Senators, Lafayette Gilchrist, David Murray, George Garzone, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, and many others. He has recorded with Lafayette Gilchirst, All Mighty Senators, and his own groups.

As a saxophone teacher at Music and Arts, his students have performed in first chair positions in their local school bands. Several of his students have received music scholarships from Eastman School of Music, Towson University, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, and University of The Arts.

Mr. Thompkins is the Music Director of The Baltimore Jazz Education Project (BJEP), which has raised over $140,000 to provide underserved Baltimore area children with free instruments and music lessons. In eight years, the BJEP has worked with four local schools and helped hundreds of local students experience music.

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