Kenneth Thompkins

Principal Trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Ken’s playing is impeccable in every sense (pitch, tuning, tonguing, rhythm, flexibility) but beyond this he delivers a musical and personal message in a beautiful manner


Kenneth Thompkins

Kenneth Thompkins was appointed Principal Trombone of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Jarvi. Prior to this appointment he held positions in the Buffalo Philharmonic and The Florida Orchestra and New World Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Latest Album

Introducing Kenneth Thompkins’ New Album!

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Compelling Portraits

Kenneth Thompkins’ latest album, Compelling Portraits, is a tribute to the genius of contemporary African American composers. It features works by composers Kevin Day, Maurice Draughn, Shawn Okpebholo, Brian Raphael Nabors and James Lee III

Ken Thompkins

Featured Video

Kenneth Thompkins performing Troubled Water by Carlos Simon

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