" Thomas owes an obvious debt to the great Bobby Hutcherson. With a clear tone, strong chops and good ideas he is also reminiscent of modern vibes masters Bryan Carrott and Joe Locke.A fine debut from a fellow Oregonian." - - Rob Scheps, NYC Jazz icon, independent review of " Jackson" (May 15, 2013) Born in 1967 in Oakland, Nebraska, Thomas started his musical studies at the early age of five in piano and percussion. Mr. Mackay has mentored under Mike Blake, Gordon Stout and Bill Molenhof. He studied jazz and classical percussion at The Birch Creek Music Academy, The University of North Dakota, and Casper College. He has performance experience in many genres, from sharing the stage as a mallet percussionist with jazz artists such as Clark Terry, David Valdez, and Rob Schepps, to the psychedelic genre of Martin Fierro (Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service), Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), Merle Saunders (Jerry Garcia Band) as well as the world renowned 3 Leg Torso. He is currently serving as adjunct faculty with the Hawaii Youth Percussion Ensemble and has been performing with Percussionist Gerardo Velez, ( Jimi Hendrix and Spryo Gyra) and pianist Tommy James ( Duke Ellington, Roy Ayers) Mr. Mackay is an endorsed Artist/ Clinician for Malletech mallets, omega vibraphone and pickup system.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEvcmgPeCBs -- Thomas Mackay with Vibra Cubana