After playing the recorder throughout elementary school Zack Thompson
instantly knew that music was the career for him. Zack is a native of Northern Virginia and has been studying music virtually all his life.
He picked up clarinet in middle school and has been playing it ever since. Soon after starting high school he added saxophone, oboe and flute to his arsenal of instruments along with piano.
He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy on clarinet at Shenandoah University and intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy as well as a Doctorate in Conducting.
Zack has been a member of various honor groups such as All-County, All-District and All-State bands on clarinet, flute, saxophone and oboe. During school, he performs with the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, pep band and pit orchestra on clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon.
In addition, he has been awarded various music awards such as the John Philip Sousa Award for Outstanding Musicianship as well as the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.
When not teaching or studying, Zack frequently performs as a freelance musician on various woodwinds on and off campus in Winchester and the Northern Virginia area.
He also is a fan of video games and Disney movies. If he’s not in the practice room, you most likely find him at the swimming pool or snow tubing during the winter.