Thaddeus grew up in nearby Aurora, where he cultivated his love of music. He played saxophone for eight years, studied piano, rang handbells at his church, and entertained his Boy Scout Troop with the tin whistle and harmonica. While away at college, he taught himself guitar and played in a variety of bands.
In 2003, Thaddeus graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Computer Science. He moved to Chagrin Falls with his wife, Dorothy, and they joined Federated Church. He took over directing duties of the Bell Choir in the fall of 2005, after previous director, Harriett Rogers, announced her retirement. Since then, he has shared all of his instruments with Federated and joyfully welcomed two sons into his family.