In 1995, The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra was established in Atlanta, Georgia. The band included the likes of Tia Fuller, Andre Heyward, Lee Hogans, Joe Grandsden and many other young talents. By 1997, Thad was heading north, landing himself in the nation’s capital. “I felt I needed to make my way back to New York City, and Washington, D.C. was on the way. Somehow, I wound up here and felt really at home with audiences and musicians.” It was here that he started the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra. “All of a sudden it felt like the skies opened up and I could spread my wings.” When the band held the Monday night slot at the legendary One Step Down, the great Andrew White was a regular attendee. During that period, the renowned drummer and vocalist, Grady Tate, agreed to be a guest artist with the Orchestra at the world famous Blues Alley Jazz Club. Since then, The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra has been a major contributor in the DC jazz scene. The group has performed for numerous engagements including, Taste of DC, The Smithsonian Museum's Portrait Gallery, The Kennedy Center, The Corcoran Museum, The National Gallery of Art and numerous international festivals and concerts.