CASEY THOMAS-BURNS

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Casey Thomas-Burns (she/her/hers) is a trombonist, vocalist, bandleader and arts administrator based in Vancouver, Canada. Described by Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick as "the future of arts leadership", Casey is an artist on the rise in the Vancouver music scene. 

She is the founder and director of the 10-woman jazz band 'The Leading Ladies'. Created in 2019, "the Ladies" have been described as "a beacon of light for girls interested in playing jazz". 

Casey holds her diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, where she is currently pursuing her B.Mus. in the same subject. While at Capilano University, Casey has had the opportunity to study trombone with Dennis Esson, voice with Jennifer Scott, and is currently lead trombonist in the "A" Band under the direction of Brad Turner. 

In the spring of 2020, Casey was awarded a place in the Passing Notes Composer Mentorship Project 

presented by the Hard Rubber Orchestra, as well as a place in their 2021 Reading Session for Emerging Composers. Through this opportunity, she was able to have one of her arrangements professionally recorded by the Hard Rubber Orchestra.