Tri-State Christian Academy
Artist's BiographyIn his thirty plus years of playing, Maryland based trumpeter Cliff Thompson has honed his skills as a lead player. By giving great attention to the mechanics of trumpet playing, he has developed the embouchure and the lung capacity to play from below the staff to double C with support and flexibility.
Cliff currently serves as Band Director at Tri-State Christian Academy, a growing band program in northeastern MD. He has worked with high school marching band programs over the past twenty years. Most recently he was Assistant Director of the Elkton High School Marching Band, which earned the USSBA Group 1A MD State Championship. He periodically serves as Brass Instructor for the Rising Sun High School Marching Band located in Rising Sun MD.
He is also employed at Bender Music in Elkton MD where he oversees the Band/Orchestra department.
In addition Cliff has been an on-call trumpet player for the Covered Bridge Theater at Cecil Community College where he has played in productions such as West Side Story, Gypsy, and big.
Cliff has directed and played for The Jim Dudley Memorial Big Band, a group formed in tribute to one of his former jazz band directors.
As a privet teacher, many of his students have been selected to various All-County Bands as well as the Maryland All-State Jazz Band. Cliff is also a clinician focusing on embouchure development, as well as working with middle and high school trumpet sections
Cliff plays on a Holton ST307S MF Horn trumpet and a Leblanc F357S flugelhorn. He also plays a Conn 51B \"Connstellation\" C trumpet.