Thomas Gardner began playing the violin in the fifth grade in the Manassas City Public School System. He very quickly decided that playing the violin and music were what he wanted to do with his life and began taking private lessons that same year. During his middle and high school years, Mr. Gardner was a player in the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony and was invited under scholarship to take part in the National Symphony Orchestra's Youth Fellowship Program. Under this program Mr. Gardner was able to study with National Symphony Orchestra violinist Brian Johnson. Upon graduation from Brentsville District High School Mr. Gardner attended the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas at Southern Methodist University. In Dallas, Mr. Gardner studied with Ron Neal, concertmaster and founder of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Returning from SMU, Mr. Gardner attended Liberty University where he recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Following this, Mr. Gardner finished his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at George Mason University where he studied violin with National Symphony Orchestra violinist Peter Haase. Currently Mr. Gardner is a strings instructor with Loudoun County Public Schools and operates a private violin studio out of his home. He is the first violinist in the Haase Quartet and the Associate Concertmaster of the McLean Orchestra.