Brian Thacker is Professional Assistant Professor of Audio Technology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. As an educator Dr. Thacker has presented at both national and state music and teacher education conferences in the areas of technology instruction and trombone performance and pedagogical techniques. He has represented MakeMusic demonstrating both SmartMusic and Finale at various state conferences and at the International Trombone Festival. As an active performer, Dr. Thacker has worked with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Michael Bolton, John Tesh, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Jim Dorsey Orchestra, Steve and Eydie, Travis Cottrell, Monica Mancini, Olivia Newton-John, The Mid-Town Men (Jersey Boys), and several off-Broadway touring productions including Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime, and Sunset Boulevard. In addition, Dr. Thacker has performed as member of the New Mexico, North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Jackson (TN), and Paducah Symphony Orchestras, and several jazz, rock, and ska bands. He holds the BM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the MM from the University of New Mexico and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from UNCG.