“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 at 3:30pm, and Thomas sits down behind his drum kit. He puts on his ear protection, picks up his drum 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 began formal drum lessons at age 6, before he could reach the foot pedals! He has played drums in performance groups at School of Rock, at the NAMM show, at Downtown Disney and in the Swallow’s Day Parade. He currently plays drums in the Advanced-Live “Red Group” at Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Thomas progressed and grew healthy, with no ill effects from his premature birth. By the time he was 4 years old, Thomas could play a single stroke roll. He was spending hours and hours listening to music and trying to play the drum set. By the time he was 5, he was ready to begin taking formal lessons, but was too small to even sit safely at the drums! At age 6, Thomas’ first day of First Grade, he began formal drum lessons with Rob Ferrell, at Rob Ferrell Drum Studio in Mission Viejo, California. Thomas was still unable to reach the foot pedals! Rob saw what Thomas’ hands could already do, and he instantly put up sheet music, and began to teach Thomas how to read it. Rob also began teaching 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. Thomas attended a drum seminar given by one of his heroes, Shannon Larkin (Godsmack), in Hollywood, CA in 2013. He learned so many tips that day, and it motivated him to go forward with his love of drumming – and he loved Shannon’s showmanship! In May 2014, Thomas was the “Featured Artist” for “Custom Stix” drum sticks. In March of 2015, Thomas had a private drum lesson at Uncommon Studios in North Hollywood, CA, with drum master, Kenny Aronoff (John Mellancamp, John Fogerty
and many others).
Kenny taught Thomas about the “Cake” & “Glue” of drumming! In October, 2015 Thomas had a lesson about the drumming business and craft of playing time with Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez (Oingo Boingo). Johnny stressed learning all styles of music, and about balance, keeping time and other great tips from his years playing the drums professionally with several famous musicians .
Thomas also spends time studying other drummers’ tips online, and through their training DVDs. Mostly, he listens to their music, and hears the drums standing out of each and every song. He loves all styles of music, but prefers hard rock and heavy metal! Over the past several years, Thomas has taken the stage and performed live! He played live shows with the Tustin School of Rock, played for crowds of folks at NAMM, and even jumped into a show at Downtown Disney! Last February, Thomas joined the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano, California. He began taking additional drum lessons there with Anthony Vezirian. Thomas enjoys Anthony’s style and is having a great time learning from him! Los Rios Rock School owner, Tyler Marolf, immediately placed Thomas in their advanced “Live Red Group”and asked Thomas to perform in their live show at the Coach House, only a couple of weeks after joining LRRS. He also asked Thomas to play drums on their float in the Swallow’s Day Parade! In February of 2016, Thomas jammed with rock star lead guitarist, Nick Perri, of Mount Holly. Nick created music with Thomas and talked with him about the music business and gave him tips about forming his own band.
“Thomas is currently rehearsing at LRRS for their next live show, as well as working on forming his own band. He has also begun writing his own music, and some lyrics for songs. He looks forward to following his dream of making a career out of his love of drumming! Over the past few years, people have asked, “where can I see you drumming?” and it went from You Tube to forming this web site! Thank you for visiting thomasondrums.net!”
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”