The Official Website of Drummer Thomas Lowrey

About Thomas

Thomas LowreyThomas Lowrey is an American Drummer born and raised in Southern California. Thomas has been playing the drums since before he could reach the pedals, and began formal drum lessons at age six. At age ten, Thomas played his first live show. By age thirteen, Thomas made his professional stage debut, playing 2nd drums and percussion with Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party. Thomas graduated in 2021 from the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts, Popular Music Conservatory, and is currently a drummer at USC Thornton School of Music – Popular Music Program.

Thomas Lowrey’s Drum Journey:

  • FORMAL DRUM LESSONS – Began formal drum lessons at age 6 at Rob Ferrell Drum Studio, Mission Viejo, California.  Rob Ferrell remained the primary drum teacher for 12 years
  • School of Rock, Tustin, California (age 10-12), Drummer, Live Performance Group
  • Los Rios Rock School, San Juan Capistrano, California (age 12-14) Drummer, Advanced Live Performance Group (Red Group), SOLE DRUMMER “Elite Showcase Band”, SOLE DRUMMER “Classic Album – Van Halen Live Performance Group”, SOLE DRUMMER “Metal Band”
  • Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Music Conservatory – DRUMMER (later renamed, Popular Music Conservatory).  OCSA is located in Santa Ana, California
  • Secondary Drum Lessons – with teachers: Tony Torres (OCSA), Bryan Lubely, and Anthony Vezirian (Los Rios Rock School)
  • FEATURED DRUMMER – Warren Huart’s ‘Produce Like a Pro’ YouTube program, Episode: Sunset Sound – Van Halen Recreations.  Warren used the original studio (Sunset Sound, Studio 1) Van Halen’s artist files from the studio sessions, original soundboard, equipment, studio set up, and teenage musicians from Los Rios Rock School to recreate the original Van Halen album – where it had been created in 1978 – in ONE DAY
  • BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE – L.A. Fleet Week 2017, performed on the USO Bob Hope Stage aboard the USS Iowa for United States Military personnel and their families.  Opening act for headliner, Vince Neil of Motley Crue
  • BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE – Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, “Strange 80’s” concert at the Fonda Theater, Hollywood, California.  Shared the stage with artists: Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Weird Al Yankovic, and others.  Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund Assists Musicians in need of assistance with their medical bills.
  • WEBSITE / TRADEMARK – was created in 2016.  The slogan, “I’d Rather Be Behind My Drums!” is a Registered Trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • PROFESSIONAL TOURS – 2nd drums and percussion for Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party – later renamed, Oingo Boingo Former Members.  2016-2019, 3 years of live stage performances across Southern California, at venues like the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go, The Saban Theater, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, The Coach House, The Libbey Bowl, The Canyon, The Rose, and many more.
  • FEATURED in DRUM! Magazine, “New Blood” April 2018
  • FEATURED in DOCUMENTARY FILM – Nick Nanton’s Emmy Award-winning documentary film, ‘Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On’ (Amazon Prime Video)
  • FEATURED in the coffee table BOOK adapted from the film, ‘Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On’
  • ENDORSED ARTIST – Collision Drumsticks (2017 – to date)
  • ENDORSED ARTIST – Drum Dial Tuners (2017 – to date)
  • DRUM CHANNEL – FEATURED GUEST, with Host and Founder of Drum Workshop (dw drums) Don Lombardi (Episode: Johnny Hernandez Introduces Thomas Lowrey).  Performed on drum set and was interviewed on the show.
  • DRUM CHANNEL – FEATURED in ADVERTISING for Drum Channel’s “DC Academy”
  • MUSIC VIDEOS 2019 – Crisis Couture, Metal Band from Los Angeles, California.  “Waiting on the World to Burn” and “Take Back the Power”
  • BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE – 2019 BEATLESFEST Los Angeles, Santa Anita Park.  Drummer/Band Leader of The Taxman (opening act).  This was a benefit concert for the Whittier Regional Symphony
  • MUSIC VIDEO / COMEDY SKETCH (with Julia Lane – ITERUM) in video performance for the band Stillwell.  Stillwell features “Fieldy” from Korn, “Wuv” from P.O.D. and Q-Unique.
  • DRUMS INSTRUCTOR – 2021, Orange County School of the Arts.  I taught the second semester DRUMS 1 (Beginner Drums) class at OCSA Popular Music Conservatory
  • 2021 MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – Orange County School of the Arts, Popular Music Conservatory
  • GRADUATE 2021 – Orange County School of the Arts, Popular Music Conservatory, Awarded graduation medal in recognition of Academic Excellence and Artistic Creativity.
  • 2021 ACCEPTED – USC Thornton School of Music – Drummer, Popular Music Program
  • SEVENTH WAVE – Drummer, 2021
  • VONAN – Drummer, 2021 to date
  • QUINTON GRIGGS – Drummer, 2022
  • ALL WAVES – Drummer, 2022

You can Follow Thomas, and his journey with the drums on 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

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, Stewart Copeland, Ronnie Tutt and many more! 

My Gear

“I proudly play and endorse Collision Drum Sticks!”

Click Here to be connected to my Collision artist profile

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!

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!”

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 to order

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

News Updates:

thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update, 2023

January 25th, 2023|Comments Off on thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update, 2023

Photo above: thomasondrums, 2023 Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out "I'd Rather Be Behind My Drums!" - 2023, Hit It! I have been booked behind the drums with music rehearsals and performances at [...]

thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update, 2022

July 6th, 2022|Comments Off on thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update, 2022

Photo above: thomasondrums, 2022 Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out! I have been so busy behind the drums, that I wanted to take a few minutes to catch you up on where my [...]

thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update – 2021, HIT IT!

April 13th, 2021|Comments Off on thomasondrums: Drummer’s Update – 2021, HIT IT!

Photo above: thomasondrums at Graceland Thank you all for checking out!  I am very grateful and excited to announce that I will be continuing my journey with the drums next fall at USC Thornton [...]

*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