Principal Trombone, Brass Quintet
When you meet Thomas, ask him… What is Slide Side? What does the Salvation Army mean to him? Is he the true brains behind the ROCO Brass Quintet?
Thomas is featured soloist this season, and will perform the world premiere of Dorothy Gates’ “Trombone Concerto,” a commission sponsored by The Wortham Foundation.
Thomas Hultén, Principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera/Houston Ballet and Affiliate Artist with the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, 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, he studied trombone performance at the Gothenburg Conservatory. In 1988, he won a position with the Bohus Big Band, one of Sweden’s two professional full-time big bands. Also a sought-after free-lance player, he has performed with the Gothenburg Symphony and the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm.
Since moving to Houston, Texas in 1997, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Theater Under The Stars, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Johnny Mathis and Michael Bolton.
Hulten has played in the orchestra for several touring Broadway musicals, most recently “A Chorus Line” and “Wicked” at the Hobby Center in Houston.
An accomplished composer and arranger, he’s been involved in several recording projects, most recently on the movie “Foam”, featuring jazz singer Bob Dorough.
Hulten has been featured at the International Trombone Festival and has toured Europe, Japan, Germany, Holland Australia, New Zealand and the USA. His album, “Slide Side”, was released by Tierra Studios in 2009 and is available on iTunes and Amazon. “Slide Side” was nominated for five Grammys in 2010.