Chris Thomas


  • Director of Bands, Bainbridge High School
  • President, Olympic Music Educators Association


  • Master of Music (The University of Montana, 2010)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Central Washington University, 2007)
  • Associate of Arts & Sciences (Shoreline Community College, 2005)
  • Chris graduated from Ferndale High School, 2001 - near Bellingham, WA


Mr Thomas has been the band director at Bainbridge High School since the 2012-13 school year. He loves it here.

Before coming to BHS, Mr Thomas taught for five years, in positions ranging from 5th grade beginning band through teaching college classes as a grad student at The University of Montana and guest conducting the Whatcom Wind Ensemble - a community band based at Western Washington University. Chris also taught for all or parts of four seasons with the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps from 2009-2012.

As a musician, Chris has played the trumpet since he was 11. Currently, he performs regularly with the Ten Man Brass Band, an active, Seattle based New Orleans style street band, and is a member of Backstreet Jellyroll, a professional Van Morrison cover band. After five years, he recently retired as Principal Trumpet for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Mr Thomas currently leads to Kitsap Jazz Orchestra, and plays with Bud's Brass Quintet (Bud recorded with the Stan Kenton Orchestra). In former years, Chris was a lead trumpet and soloist with both the Seattle Cascades and Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. He was also a member of the International Association for Jazz Education's 2004 All-National Community College Big Band. Chris played lead trumpet for the acclaimed Central Washington University Jazz Band I for two years during his undergraduate studies. Among many others, Mr. Thomas has had the privilege of performing with Ingred Jensen, Terrance Blanchard, The President's Own Brass Quintet, The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, was a featured soloist with the Missoula City Band, and a member of the Missoula Symphony.

Mr. Thomas has served on the Bainbridge High School Bell Adjustment Committee and the BISD Time & Structure Task Force. He is currently the Regional President for the Olympic Music Educators Association (a sub group of the Washington Music Educators Association), and has served as the region's Vice-President and Web-Master in the past. He thinks that someday, the Bainbridge High School Band Program will be the finest (and most rewarding) band program in the state, and he's working hard to make that a reality.

In his down time (yeah right!), he enjoys frisbee golf, cycling, rock climbing, and day dreaming. :)

Michael Shine


  • Band Director, Sakai Intermediate School
  • Director of Jazz Two, Bainbridge High School
  • Honor Band / Chamber Music / Marching Band Assistant at BHS


  • Bachelor's of Music (Music Ed, with Honors) - University of Florida
  • Music Performance Certificate - University of Florida
  • Orff-Schulwerk (Level 1)


Michael Shine is the band director at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School in Bainbridge Island, WA, where he teaches 5th and 6th grade band. He has additional teaching responsibilities at Bainbridge High School, where he works with the marching band and teaches Jazz Band II. Michael holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education degree with honors along with a Music Performance Certificate from the University of Florida. In July 2016, he completed Orff-Schulwerk Level I teacher certification.

Before his move to Washington in July 2017, Michael was the Assistant Band Director at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns, FL, where he taught beginning band, concert band, wind ensemble, guitar, and jazz band classes. He was a performer and board member with the First Coast Wind Symphony, a high-level community band in Jacksonville, FL.

An avid supporter of music education, Michael has been twice elected as the Treasurer of the University of Florida’s NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter. He has played in the University of Florida Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Gator Marching Band, All-Saxophone Festival Orchestra, and has previously been involved in both undergraduate and graduate saxophone quartets. As a sought-after pit orchestra musician, he has played reed parts in such productions as South Pacific, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In The Heights, and Guys & Dolls. In Spring 2013, Michael won the UF Saxophone Studio concerto competition, and performed Jacques Ibert's Concertino da Camera with the University of Florida All-Saxophone Festival Orchestra. He was also a member of the 2014 Florida Intercollegiate Band, part of the 2014 FMEA Conference. In 2014 Michael also won the UF Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, for Music Performance. Michael has studied saxophone with Dr. Michael Bovenzi (University of North Florida), Dr. Geoffrey Deibel (Wichita State University), and Dr. Jonathan Helton (University of Florida).