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About Duke

"Duke Thompson is a musician and piano player who is definitely out of the mold. Check out these things about Duke:

  • Holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (summa cum laude) in Piano Performance from Arizona State University
  • Owns a Blues Club in Canada and plays the blues there as often as he is there.
  • Founder and President of Maryland Conservatory of Music
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  • Master Arranger of many Classic Rock tunes including The Who, Yes, Billy Joel
  • Has been featured on National Public Radio in Canada and The United States
  • Taught as tenured college professor for 17 years
  • Recorded Greatly Gershwin solo piano CD in celebration of Gershwin's 100th birthday in 1998
  • Recorded solo CD, Lots to Consider in 2009 with solo works and hybrid arrangements
  • Has performed through Canada, The United States and in Europe and Japan
  • Guest Artist for Master Classes at many colleges and conservatories
  • Has performed with orchestras in Canada (Edmonton Symphony) and The United States (Naples Philharmonic)
  • Holds Service Above Self award from Rotary International for his role in getting over $500,000 worth of supplies to orphans in The Ukraine
  • Founder of "Music for the Inner Self" where music becomes a therapist for the spirit and soul of all people including those recovering from alcohol and/or drug dependency.