“The Official Website of Drummer Thomas Lowrey”

About Thomas:

Thomas Lowrey is an American drummer, born and raised in Southern California. Thomas was handed a pair of drum sticks at 8 months old, and he has never let go! He began formal drum lessons at age 6, at Rob Ferrell Drum Studio in Mission Viejo, California. At age 10 he played his first live show. By age 13, Thomas made his professional stage debut. Thomas is currently a drummer at Orange County School of the Arts, Popular Music Conservatory, Santa Ana, California.

Thomas Lowrey’s Drummer’s Journey:

~ Formal drum lessons, age  6 to-date

~ School of Rock, Performance Group, Tustin, California (age 10-12)

~ Los Rios Rock School (age 12-14), Advanced “Red Group”, Metal Band, Elite Showcase Band, “Classic Album – Van Halen” show band.

~  Featured on Warren Huart’s “Produce Like a Pro” YouTube program, “Classic Album – Van Halen” recreated/rerecorded the original Van Halen album where it was made, in Studio 1, at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. 

~ April, 2016 his website, thomasondrums.net was created.  His slogan, “I’d Rather Be Behind My Drums!” became his Registered Trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

~ Age 13, made his professional stage debut, playing 2nd drums and percussion with Oingo Boingo Dance Party. 

~ Age 14, Auditioned for, and was accepted as a drummer at Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Music Conservatory (later renamed Popular Music Conservatory).

~ Performed on the USO Bob Hope Stage aboard the USS Iowa for L.A. Fleetweek.

~  Performed for Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, “Strange 80’s” show at the Fonda Theater, Hollywood, California.  Shared the stage with professional artists like Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s). 

~ Featured in Drum! Magazine (“New Blood”/April 2018).

~ Featured in Nick Nanton’s documentary film, “Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On”

~ Featured in the book adapted from the film, Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On.

~ Endorsed Artist – Collision Drum Sticks

~ Endorsed Artist – Drum Dial Tuners

~ Featured Guest, Drum Channel with Don Lombardi  (Episode: Johnny Hernandez introduces Thomas Lowrey) July 2018.

~ 2016-2019, 2nd drums and percussion for Oingo Boingo Dance Party/Oingo Boingo Former Members at venues across Southern California.

~ 2019 – Music Videos:  Crisis Couture – “Waiting on the World to Burn” and “Take Back the Power.” 

You can Follow Thomas, and his journey with the drums on thomasondrums.net and also on Instagram @thomasondrums

Message from Thomas:  ” Thank you all for visiting thomasondrums! I love music, playing the drums and performing!  I want to thank my parents, my family and friends, as well as my drum teachers, drumming influences and my band mates for keeping me in time! – Thomas Lowrey

The Official Website of Drummer Thomas Lowrey

My Teachers

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

I began drum lessons with Bryan September of 2016.

Bryan’s professional career as a percussionist started with touring the USA with world class performing ensembles such as Pulse Percussion and the RCC Drumline. In addition to being a top-notch performer, Bryan taught music for the Placentia, Yorba Linda School District from 2011-2016. Currently, Bryan teaches at Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano. Bryan is a highly sought after music arranger for bands, solo artists, percussion ensembles, and drumlines!

Tony Torres is my drum instructor at Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Music Conservatory.

Mr. Torres is a professional drummer and educator in Southern California.  With a musical career that began at the age of seven, Mr. Torres has played it all; from high school All American Band, to Buckeye State Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps, to mentoring and teaching the future generation of artists at Orange County School of the Arts. Mr. Torres has circumnavigated the world several times, playing countless venues with ‘name’ entertainment, including Henry Mancini, Third Force, and Race No More featuring Geo Evans (guitarist for Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan). A notable force in the L.A. area studio scene, he has played on numerous jingles, film scores, and records. Given his vast knowledge of various drumming styles and musical genres, he is in high demand for corporate work as well. Mr. Torres has been teaching privately and in the classroom for the past 20 years. He has taught at Orange County School of the Arts since the inception of the Commercial Music program.

My Gear

“I proudly play and endorse Collision Drum Sticks!”

I play Pearl, pdp, and dw drums.
I use dw 5000 double pedals
I play Zildjian and Meinl cymbals
I use and proudly endorse Drum Dial Tuners!



My Influences

Thomas is inspired by these awesome drummers and musicians:
Peter Criss, Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez, Shannon Larkin, Kenny Aronoff, Mario Duplantier, Matt Garstka, Zoltan Chaney, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Thomas Lang, Mike Wengren, Ray Luzier, and many more! 

Oingo Boingo Dance Party 2016-2019 (from right to left): Mike “The Spike” Glendinning,
Felice Hernandez, John Avila, Brendan McKian, Johnny Vatos, Freddy Hernandez,
Carl Graves, Brian Swartz, Sam “Sluggo” Phipps,
Steve Bartek, Thomas Lowrey

“Be sure to check out Thomas’
photos and videos!”

See My Videos
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Thomas can be seen in director
Nick Nanton’s new documentary feature film,

Coming to iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, October 2018!

Check out the Videos section to see a promo with Rudy and Thomas!


And check out the book adapted from the film

Goes on Sale August 21, 2018!
Go to http://rudybook.com/ to order

*Be sure to read Thomas’ blog news about this project!

News Updates:

The latest news from my Blog.

thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update – “May Madness”

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Thank you very much for checking out thomasondrums.net!  The last blog post was at the start of May, and since then I have been drumming all around Southern California, with different bands, and very different [...]

thomasondrums: 4More May 2019 Shows!

May 1st, 2019|0 Comments

On Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th I will playing LIVE MUSIC in four different shows in two days!  I will playing drum set with Orange County School of the Arts, Instrumental Music Conservatory, [...]

thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update – Studio R&B

April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

On April 17, 2019 I joined professional guitarists, Nick Perri and Steve Johnson in the studio, where we laid down 2-hours of R&B! Nick had started playing guitar with Steve when he was 17-years old, [...]

*Be sure to click on ‘News’ to read past Blog updates
for details and photos!

Quotes and Tips from Pros:

“Awesome! Great Musical Intuition!”
Anthony Vezirian, Los Rios Rock School:
“The hi-hat, kick and snare are the ‘cake’… but, the hi-hat is the ‘glue!'”
Kenny Aronoff, Professional Musician:
“The most important part of playing time is not getting there on time – it’s preparing on time.”
Johnny Vatos Hernandez, Professional Musician:
“When you form a band, be selective. Surround yourself with the most talented people …and that you all get along.”
Nick Perri, Professional Musician:
“It starts with a dream- and it is always too soon to quit! ”
Rudy Ruettiger, Notre Dame Legend:
” If you can dream it – You can do it”
Walt Disney
” If you’ve got a problem, take it out on a drum”
Neil Peart