Michael Thomas grew up in Los Angles where he took to music at an early age. He formed a swing band and became a professional musician. Along the way he began making his own valve oil and gave it away to friends for years before he decided he should form a company to sell the product and to create other products to sell to musicians. His first partner was a friend named Warren Roche and thus the birth of the Roche-Thomas Company! He represented several brands in addition to his own line of products, including Schagerl Trumpets and Irving Bush Mouthpieces.
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