Thomas Mahar is from North Carolina, where he began playing guitar at 11. Starting on violin at 4, he later learned guitar from private instructors. He has studied with professional session guitarist, Kayta Matsuno. Thomas plays in the group, Retro Vibe, where he also sings while his friend dances. He played in the samba group, Tropibloco, and in funk/pop/rock outfit, Alice King. Thomas holds a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia. For 2 years he has taught acoustic and electric guitar, and enjoys helping students find what inspires them to learn and keep playing.