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. Drum teachers: Rob Ferrell of Rob Ferrell Drum Studio, Mission Viejo, California (11 years, to-date). Anthony Vezerian of Los Rios Rock School, San Juan Capistrano, California (1 year). Bryan Lubely, also of Los Rios Rock School (1 year). Tony Torres of Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Music Conservatory/Popular Music Conservatory, Santa Ana, California (3.5 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”), their sole ‘Metal Band’ drummer, their sole Elite Showcase Band drummer, their sole ‘Classic Album – Van Halen’ Live Performance Group drummer.
  • Featured drummer, Warren Huart’s “Produce Like a Pro” YouTube program, where Warren recreated the original Van Halen album where it was first recorded, in Studio 1, at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California. Warren used the original studio files, sound board, studio set-up, equipment and teen-aged artists from Los Rios Rock School to recreate the entire classic album in one day.
  • April 2016, thomasondrums.net was created. Thomas’ slogan, I’d Rather Be Behind My Drums! became his Registered Trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Age 13, Thomas made his professional stage debut, playing 2nd drums and percussion with Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party.
  • Age 14, Thomas auditioned for and was accepted as a drummer at the prestigious, Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Music Conservatory (later renamed, Popular Music Conservatory). OCSA is located in Santa Ana, California.
  • Performed on the USO Bob Hope Stage aboard the USS Iowa for L.A. Fleetweek, a benefit concert for the United States Military (United States Sea Services), and their families. Thomas’ group opened for Vince Neil of Motley Crue.
  • Performed at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California at the Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund’s “Strange 80’s” benefit concert. Thomas’ group shared the stage with artists like Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Weird Al, Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), and many more. Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund benefits musicians and their families in need of help with medical bills, etc.
  • Featured in DRUM! Magazine (April, 2018), “New Blood”.
  • Featured in Nick Nanton’s Emmy Award winning documentary film, ‘Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On’. Thomas talks about being inspired by Rudy Ruettiger’s life story, and his dream of becoming a professional drummer (Amazon Prime Video).
  • Featured in the coffee table book, adapted from the film, ‘Rudy Ruettiger – The Walk On’. “If you don’t have a Rudy in your life, you need to get one.” – Thomas Lowrey
  • Endorsed Artist, Collision Drum Sticks (2017, to-date).
  • Endorsed Artist, Drum Dial Tuners (2017, to-date).
  • Featured Guest, Drum Channel, with Host, and Founder of Drum Workshop (dw drums), Don Lombardi. Episode: Johnny Hernandez Introduces Thomas Lowrey. (July 2018). Thomas performed on drum set and was interviewed on the show.
  • 2016-2019, 2nd drums and percussion for Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party (later renamed Oingo Boingo Former Members). Three years of live stage performances across Southern California, in venues like the famous Whisky A Go-Go, The Saban Theater, The Libbey Bowl, Humphrey’s by The Bay and many more.
  • 2019, Music Videos: drums for Crisis Couture, a Metal band from Los Angeles, California. “Waiting on the World to Burn” and “Take Back the Power.”
  • 2019, Performed on drums in the opening band, “The Taxman” at the 10th Annual Beatlesfest at Santa Anita Park. This was a benefit concert for the Whittier Regional Symphony.
  • 2020, Featured in a music video/comedy sketch with Julia Lane (ITERUM) with the band, Stillwell. Stillwell features “Fieldy” from Korn, “Wuv” from P.O.D. and “Q-Unique”. You can see the video posted on Stillwell Official Instagram.
  • Thomas was accepted to USC Thornton School of Music, Popular Music Program – April 2021

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

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!

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 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
See My Images

Thomas can be seen in director
Nick Nanton’s new documentary feature film,
‘RUDY RUETTIGER – THE WALK ON’

Coming to iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, October 2018!

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

‘RUDY RUETTIGER – THE WALK ON’

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:

*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