Thames Valley Music School boasts a superb faculty of professionals. Below is a listing of the faculty of TVMS by instrument section. To see the instructors of a particular section, click on one of the links below:

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Chris Lane, Trumpet


Gary Buttery, Tuba/Low Brass


Richard Denton, Tuba/Low Brass

Rich Denton, tuba, is a native New Englander. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999, the same year he joined the Coast Guard Band playing co-principal tuba. In the summers before donning Coast Guard blue, Mr. Denton enjoyed a variety of jobs, including the strolling bands of Hersheypark in 1998, the Disney/Grammy All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT in 1997, and stage crew at Interlochen Arts Camp in 1996. He also enjoyed spending time at Tanglewood with the Atlantic Brass Quintet, and many years at Laurel Music Camp in Winsted, CT. Mr. Denton was a founding member of the Barefoot Brass Quintet during his college years, and is now a member of the Coast Guard Brass Quintet. His teachers include Martha Taylor, Andy Rodgers, and Dave Unland. Mr. Denton is proud to teach many middle and high school low brass students in southeastern CT.

James E. Jackson III, Principal Euphonium

James E. Jackson III, principal euphonium, is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He has completed course work towards the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in euphonium performance with an emphasis in instrumental conducting at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He received a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance in 1995 from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Kentucky in 1993. He was principal baritone of the Lexington Brass Band and a featured soloist with the band at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1997. He has also performed as a soloist with ensembles at the University of Kentucky, George Mason University, and the University of Connecticut, where he premiered Allen Feinstein’s concerto for euphonium and band, Swimming the Mountain. Mr. Jackson is a founding member of the Kentucky Horse Park Four Horsemen Tuba Quartet and the Concord Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. He was a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, toured Spain as a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and was a first place winner in the 1995 International T.U.B.A. conference Tuba-Euphonium Quartet competition and a first place winner at the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Solo Euphonium Competition in 1994. He has been a clinician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe at numerous universities, colleges, and public schools. In addition to his position as principal euphonium with the United States Coast Guard Band, Mr. Jackson is presently the music director and conductor of the Thames Valley Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lecturer of Euphonium Studies at the University of Connecticut, and a performer with the tuba and euphonium quartet Alchemy, appearing annually in Northern Germany, presenting solo performances, lecturing at master classes, and conducting brass ensembles.

Steve Lamb, Tuba/Low Brass


Jaime Thorne

Jaime Thorne received an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard King, Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a fellowship recipient, she attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, a Master’s degree, and a Performer’s Certificate, while studying with Lisa Bontrager. She played second horn with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, second horn with City Music Cleveland, and performed regularly with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Akron Symphony.

Jaime Thorne has performed with the Garden State Philharmonic, the Princeton Symphony,and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. She can also be heard on a Naxos recording of Nicholas Flagello’s Concerto Sinfonico for saxophone quartet and orchestra, as well as a featured chamber artist with The United States Coast Guard Band. As a soloist, she has played with numerous groups including a performance of Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück with the Seven Hills Sinfonietta in Cincinnati in 2004 as well as The United States Coast Guard Band in 2008. Her most recent solo performance was with The Pennsylvania State University Orchestra with Richard Strauss's Concerto No.1 with the in 2009. Jaime was horn instructor and director of chamber music at the Pennsylvania Music Academy. She was also on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State
University Music Camp from 1997 to 2000 and was the assistant director of the Penn State Horn Ensemble. She attended the Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. In 2005, she performed throughout Europe with the American Institute of Musical Studies Recently she was appointed 3rd horn with Penns Woods Music of State College, Pennsylvania in 2009.
Other festival participations include Bowdoin Chamber Festival in Brunswick, Maine, and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland. After nearly four years with the US Coast Guard Band, Jaime left the Coast Guard with an Honorable Discharge and has resumed her focus on orchestral music, playing most recently with the Hartford Symphony,The Connecuit Virtuosi Orchestra, and the Nutmeg Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Princeton Symphony and Penns Woods, a music festival at the Pennsylvania State University in June, 2010. A side from playing horn, teaching at the Thames Valley Music school as a the brass instructor, she is an assistant instructor at they Yamashita International Karate Dojo, in Mystic Connecticut.