Thomas David Huckaby has been the Principal Bassist of the San Antonio Symphony since 1993. Thomas began studying the double bass at the age of 9, receiving numerous awards and scholarships during his studies. Advancing quickly at Southern Methodist University with Thomas Lederer of the Dallas Symphony from age 10 to 14. He then attended the Aspen Music Festival from ages 14 through 19 studying with Eugene Levinson and Stuart Sankey, He further excelled at the Interlochen Arts Academy studying with Thomas Knific, then went on to receive full scholarships from The Curtis Institute studying with Roger Scott, and Indiana’s University at Bloomington studying with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby, with specializations in Baroque and Modern music. Thomas became a professional bassist at 19 with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago while also performing part time with the Indianapolis Symphony.
After appearing as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony to great applause, Mike Greenberg, of the Express News, Senior Critic, said in his review “Luscious singing tone—and impeccable rhythm”, and Jay J. Faraker, of the Southside Reporter, said in his review “Virtuoso–who exhibits extraordinary abilities on his instrument”.
Thomas participates in the Symphony’s community outreach program and more, performing for students throughout Bexar and Atascosa County in an effort to promote the double bass as means of personal fulfillment for all students. As an instructor of the double bass Thomas has an extensive private, high tech, and modern studio. Teaching beginning students through the college age, as well as professionals. His students have succeded as scholarship recipients at some of the most respected music schools in the country, as well as attaining professional positions. For a free to your school performance/demonstration please contact Mr. Huckaby at: Octabass@mac.com
An avid pedagogue, medical academic, and medical administrator. As C.E.O. he most recently tripled the gross revenue of My Kid’s Pediatrician, in 4.5 years, thereby greatly expanding medical availability for children in a medically underserved area. Thomas has an intense interest in human longevity, regenerative medicine, and theoretical biogerontology. He is a 4.0 student at UTSA working toward multiple degrees in biology.
Thomas performs on a double bass made in 1690 by Mr. Carlo Giuseppe Testore, restored to its full beauty by Don Robertson of Robertson’s violins in 2017.