Thom Freeland
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  • Simpsonville South Carolina
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Where are you located?
Simpsonville South Carolina
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator, Music Director
Tell us a little about your background...
I am the Band Director at Hillcrest High. I perform locally with beach bands, jazz bands, and church orchestra's. My main instrument is trumpet but I also play trombone, electric bass professionally. My main music role is teach and inform students about jazz and all forms of music so that they will grow to love music.
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the internet
What Instrument do you play?
Bass, Trumpet, Trombone
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The Problem With Jazz Today

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 7:56am 1 Comment

I think the biggest problem facing jazz today is jazz education. Music students in most schools do not have the opportunity to play jazz or learn about jazz. I teach a jazz band class in high school. My students love to play and listen to jazz. After bein gintroduced to it the search it out. It would be easier to teach jazz and have a new generation love jazz if it were showcased more in public. Most young people today listen to what I call "crap". The art of improv, the making a a beautiful… Continue

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At 11:19am on January 30, 2010, dirk amrein said…
At 11:16am on June 24, 2009, Ron Gill said…
The art of jazz is working at it, Eric. So keep playing and interacting with other musicians if playing jazz is important to you.
Thom.just what jazz needs, an advocate for the music. You are right, most young people hear 'disposable' music and think it's great. Only way that changes is finding ways to introduce them to the music in any way you can.
Amazingly, even in today's musical trends there are elements of music that is thought out and interesting. But, much of it is never heard because it's filtered out by the media moguls who are the enemies of good music. They are only interested in the immediate cash-in, not posterity, because that does not work for them in the short run. Again, it's up to those of us who are producing good music to find way to counteract that.
Stay focused, and keep working with those kids. They are our future.
At 11:12am on May 15, 2009, Eric B. said…
I just realized that you are a teacher.. that makes you a great person to know as I try to understand this whole jazz theory thing. I've always played by ear...and as much of a stregth that is for me- its also a weakness.
At 11:10am on May 15, 2009, Eric B. said…
Right now I don't play with anyone actually. Before last October- I had put the sax down and hadn't played in 5 years. I'm still working on my confidence level.. and it doesn't help that I am weak on theory.. so I'm recording when I can, and trying to learn all that I can.
I'll have to come check you and your group out one of these days.
At 11:41am on March 31, 2009, Joani Taylor said…
Oh Snap!
I'd love to hear them play it. Such a great classic.
Cheers man!
At 9:31am on March 18, 2009, Eric B. said…
Thanks so much. I wish i could hear your music but they have a firewall here at work. I'll come back to your page when i get home. I don't have a CD yet because Im really just getting back into playing. I am working on one though so I'll let you know! enjoy your day!
At 9:55pm on March 17, 2009, Eric B. said…
Come check out the Carolina Musicians Group!

We hope to see you there!
At 9:02am on February 19, 2009, Brad Wilcox said…
Welcome, Thom. My pleasure to connect on this site, with a fellow Carolinian. Best to you....
At 11:42am on February 11, 2009, Joani Taylor said…
Thanks man! That's so great! You made my day! oh hell my whole week! Cheers!
At 5:54am on January 13, 2009, Kiku Collins said…
Hi, just send an email at and let me know how many, to whom etc. :)

















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