Welcome to the homepage of trombone player, arranger and composer Thomas Hultén. Thomas is Principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet, and Affiliate Artist at Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. His 1st studio album under his own name, “Slide Side” was released in September, 2009 by Tierra Studios.
He started playing at the age of ten in the local Salvation Army Band in his hometown of Katrineholm, Sweden. After completing his military service with the Swedish Army Band in 1984, he studied trombone performance at the Gothenburg Conservatory with Ingemar Roos as his primary teacher. After graduating he won a position with the Bohus Big Band, one of Sweden’s two professional big bands. In 1990 Thomas became a member of the Hässlö Brass Ensemble (later re-named Messing Around), a full-time brass ensemble, along with being Principal trombone of the Västerås Sinfonietta.
He was also a sought-after freelance player, and has performed with the Royal Swedish Opera, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Gothenburg Opera, the Helsingborg Symphony, the Norrköping Symphony, Stavanger (Norway) Symphony and the Trondheim (Norway) Symphony.
Since moving to Houston, Texas, in 1997 he has performed with Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, the Moody Blues, the Temptations, the Four Tops and the O’Jays. He performs regularly with the Houston Symphony and Theatre under the Stars. Thomas was in the orchestra for the touring Broadway musicals “The Full Monty”, “The Producers”, “42nd Street”, “Music Man”, “All Shook Up”, “Swing”, “The Rat Pack” and most recently “A Chorus Line” at the Hobby Center in Houston. He has been featured at the Texas Jazz Festival and the Kemah Jazz Festival with his own group, and at the International Trombone Festival, both as a soloist and as a member of “Spiritual to the ‘Bone”. His quartet opened for Maynard Ferguson’s Houston concert in February of 2006.
Thomas has prevously taught low brass at the Houston Baptist University and the Houston Community College, and also directed the jazz ensemble at Tomball College for four years. His wife Tina is a microbiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, and they have three sons, Jakob, David and Philip.