“The Official Website of Drummer Thomas Lowrey”
Thomas Lowrey is an American drummer born in 2003.
He literally began holding drum sticks as a baby and
hasn’t let go!
…It’s just another day in Southern California, and Thomas sits down behind his drum kit. He puts on his ear protection, picks up his sticks – and he’s off – into his comfort zone. This is the same place he’s been since before he could walk, or read, or play sports. “I’d rather be behind my drums!” is his motto, and when you watch him play, you can see why.
Thomas was born premature, at only 28 weeks, 5 days gestation. He spent the first 2 months of his life in the Neo Natal ICU at CHOC at Mission Hospital, in Mission Viejo, California. Thomas weighed as little as 2 pounds, 14 ounces, and fought hard to survive, having up to 14 Apnea episodes per night. The doctors, nurses and staff literally saved Thomas’ life. When Thomas got to go home, he remained on medications, and an Apnea monitor. Thomas had to have physical therapy as a baby, and the P.T. staff would hand Thomas objects to hold and work on his dexterity. At about 8 months old, his dad handed him a set of drum sticks. He instantly held them properly, and knew what to do with them! He would sit and bang on toys, and pots, and it would make him smile. His dad would hold Thomas on his lap while he sat at the drum set, and Thomas would reach out with the sticks, and hit each “sound source” which would make him smile!
Thomas progressed and grew healthy, with no ill effects from his premature birth. By the time he was 4 years old, Thomas could play an impressive single stroke roll. By age 5, he was ready to start drum lessons, but was yet too small to even sit safely at the drum set! At age 6, on Thomas’ first day of First Grade, he began formal drum lessons with Rob Ferrell, at Rob Ferrell Drum Studio in Mission Viejo, California. Thomas could not reach the foot pedals. Rob saw what Thomas’ hands could already do, so he instantly put up sheet music, and began to teach Thomas to read it. Thomas was actually reading drum music before he could read books! Rob also taught Thomas the basic rudiments of drumming.
Thomas has continued his lessons with Rob Ferrell to-date, while expanding his learning and exposure to all styles of drumming.
In 2013, at age 10 (after 4 years at Rob Ferrell Drum Studio), Thomas attended a drum seminar in Hollywood, California with Shannon Larkin (Godsmack). Listening to, and watching Shannon play the drums up close that day really inspired Thomas to strive toward his goal of playing the drums professionally. He began to work even harder, practicing and trying to improve.
In May of 2014, at age 11, Thomas was the “Featured Artist” for “Custom Stix”
In March of 2015, Thomas had a private drum lesson at “Uncommon Studios” in North Hollywood, California with Drum Master, Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and others). Kenny taught Thomas so much about drumming, and he also shared personal opinions about the music business. Kenny taught Thomas about what he calls “The Cake & Glue” of drumming!
Over the past few years, Thomas has taken the stage and performed in live concerts. He has played drums in Performance Groups with the Tustin School of Rock, played drums for crowds at NAMM, jumped into a show, and drummed in Downtown Disney, and even drummed on a float in the Swallow’s Day Parade. In February 2016, Thomas joined the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano, California. He currently plays drums in LRRS “Advanced Live Red Group.” They have performed awesome live concerts, and are rehearsing for their next live concerts – so stay tuned! Thomas will also be drumming for Los Rios Rock School’s “Classic Album Series” – Van Halen!
In February 2016, Thomas jammed with Rock Star Lead Guitarist, Nick Perri of Mount Holly band. They created original jams of music, and Nick took the time to talk with Thomas about the music business. You can see some of their jam clips on this web site (Videos section).
On Halloween weekend 2016 (October 28, 29, 30), at age 13, Thomas made his Pro Stage Debut, performing in 3 live concerts with Oingo Boingo Dance Party! Thomas played percussion drums: Congas, Timbales & Roto Toms – all next to the drum kit of one his heroes, Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez! This was an amazing experience for Thomas! Thomas really admires the people in Oingo Boingo… Thomas will be performing in his 4th concert with Oingo Boingo Dance Party on May 5, 2017.
Message from Thomas: “Thank you all for stopping by thomasondrums.net! I hope to see you at a show soon, and please come up and say hi! I always love to talk drums!” – Thomas
Thomas has studied under some great drum teachers, including:
Rob Ferrell has been my drum teacher and mentor at my weekly drum lessons since Sept. 10, 2009. Rob is a professional drummer who taught me the fundamentals of drumming: the rudiments and how to read music. Rob has given me so many tips, and weekly advice about things to try to improve my drumming! He is always positive and supportive!
Rob toured with his band, ‘Scotland Yard’ (and others), and still plays professionally when not teaching. In 1995, Rob was named “Country Music Drummer of the Year” by the CA Country Music Assoc.
Rob is a co-founder of “the Professional Drum Teacher’s Guild of America”. He was featured in ‘Modern Drummer’ magazine in May of 2000. And in Nov. 2015 Modern Drummer magazine’s ‘Dom Famularo’s Teacher’s List’, Rob was listed as one of the best drum teacher’s in the world! Check out Rob at his website: Rob Ferrell Drum Studio!
Anthony Vezirian graduated from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2011 with a degree in the percussive arts and has been teaching and performing ever since. Anthony has performed in concert halls and venues across the US, Scandinavia, and Western Europe. On top of playing and teaching Drums, Anthony also is a songwriter and composer
Thomas is inspired by these awesome drummers and musicians: Peter Criss, Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez, Kenny Aronoff, Shannon Larkin, Mike Wengren, Herman Rarebell, Joey Jordison, Jeremy Spencer, Tommy Lee, Neil Peart, Ray Luzier, Alex Van Halen, Lars Ulrich, Tommy Aldridge, Stewart Copeland, Carter Beauford, Tre Cool, Thomas Lang, Mario Duplantier… and more !
Quotes and Tips from Pros:
“Awesome! Great Musical Intuition!”
“The hi-hat, kick and snare are the ‘cake’… but, the hi-hat is the ‘glue!'”
“The most important part of playing time is not getting there on time – it’s preparing on time.”
“When you form a band, be selective. Surround yourself with the most talented people …and that you all get along.”
“It starts with a dream- and it is always too soon to quit! ”
” If you can dream it – You can do it”
” If you’ve got a problem, take it out on a drum”