“I have had the privilege of teaching Thomas Lowrey drums since he was 6 years old. During the course of our lessons, I have been amazed at his level of maturity and dedication. Even at the age of 6, Thomas showed a deep appreciation for the craft of drumming and always showed up prepared.  Thomas is an animated drummer who puts himself into the music and plays for the music.  He has dedicated himself to furthering his craft by learning all he can, as far as reading, technique, and styles are concerned.  I have been teaching drums for over 20 years; it is rare that I encounter a student this young who has this much hunger, dedication and maturity. He is a pleasure to teach, and I’m confident he can take his passion to the next level!”

Rob Ferrell (Rob Ferrell Drum Studio)

“I first saw Thomas Lowrey play the drums via a drum performance video I received in 2015.  He seemed to me to be a young star, playing with older kids – which reminded me of my early career, playing with musicians 2 to 3 times older than myself.  I subsequently invited he and his dad to come to a Oingo Boingo Dance Party show, on Halloween 2015, to talk drums.  I met this polite young man, and invited him up onto the drum riser, and gave him a few pointers.   I was impressed with his demeanor, and the drum questions he asked.  He is mature and articulate, and I thought he was 12 going on 17.  Over the course of the next year, I got updates from Thomas and saw his show videos that were sent directly to me, or, via YouTube.   Exactly one year later, I invited Thomas to join my band for 3 live shows over the Halloween weekend, 2016.  I met with Thomas before those shows, and we rehearsed the drum parts, with him playing percussion.  We had no dress rehearsal with the band.  When the shows came, Thomas killed it!  Double drum parts, playing driving improvs – it was just wonderful!  Playing great is one thing, but temperament is most important to me.  Backstage around players 3X his age, he was calm and got along with everyone.  After his performance, everyone asked who this kid was?  He turned the heads of everyone in the band!  Over the following year, Thomas played additional live shows with us, and the band knew him and were glad to see him.  Players like Steve Bartek, John Avila, Carl Graves, Sam Phipps…Thomas held up with some of the toughest players I know.  Thomas is a young musician with a temperament twice his age.  He is a focused, hard-working young man, whose talents seem effortless on stage.  Thomas knows the importance of being well prepared.  We are honored to have Thomas in our line up.”   

John Hernandez, a.k.a. Johnny Vatos (Drummer, Oingo Boingo/Oingo Boingo Dance Party)

“Thomas is a talented drummer, and has a unique ear for the rhythm and sound of music!  -Very gifted!  And besides being a great drummer, Thomas is a great young gentleman that speaks to our youth through hard work and belief!”

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Notre Dame Legend)

” Thomas’ passion for learning and never-give-up attitude make him the ideal student.  There is never a plateau in his growth, thus giving every week’s lesson potential for something new. His fervent attitude towards the drum set allows me as an educator to not only teach songs and book lessons with him, but to also focus on artistic scope and nuanced technique. With this expanded learning, Thomas’ personality behind the kit has been able to shine through greatly.  I look forward to seeing his continued growth, because what Thomas knows- as what all of ‘the greats’ know- learning never stops!”

Anthony Vezirian (Los Rios Rock School)

“Thomas is one of the few drummers that is both a performer and a musician.  When I first saw him play, I was reminded of how rare it is to truly love your instrument with such enthusiasm, that the crowd responds in kind!  His amazing high-energy playing and showmanship doesn’t outshine the fact that he has great ears, and plays to elevate his fellow band mates and the song at hand.”

Chris Bates (Co-Owner, Los Rios Rock School & Drummer for “The In-Between”)

“Thomas is a young man who has learned the relationship between hard work and success.  He also has fantastic social skills, which allow him to be outspoken and a great leader. He is the ultimate teammate.  He leads by example and supports the people around him. As he continues to grow, his attitude and work ethic, as well as his integrity and character will continue to let his skills shine.”

Nick Silver (Head Ice Hockey Coach O.C.H.C.)