Hello, I'm Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we're still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn't sign any offers. With my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to go to Austin and attend UT. I graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree in psychology and decided to move to Los Angeles to follow my dream. My band broke up about a month later, but I formed a new one (Milkweed, which morphed into a blue grass band after I left, now called River Rouge) and got an indy record deal. We released "Milkweed....For Breakfast" on my birthday in 2000, and we did lots of regional touring for the next 3 years. Then I moved back to Dallas and joined JackAcid. We released "Life Through a Crazy Straw" on another independent label and toured regionally for a few years. Next was Crossing Ellum, which was fronted by Matthew JC (Founder of Emmy winning Small Guy Music and Matthew JC and the All Stars). I spent several years playing with a heavy rock band named Social Jab that unfortunately ended before we released our CD titled S3V3N Years... I currently play in Marquis of Vaudeville.
I started teaching classmates in 7th grade and continued through high school. Then I took a hiatus from teaching with just a student here and there during college and my touring days. Now I'm back to teaching more than I'm playing, and I love it! I believe music is a phenomenal gift to us all in every facet, from listening, to learning, to creating, to performing, and it's an honor to be able to share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn to appreciate the blessing of music.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are catered to each individual student. If you want to learn theory, we will start from the beginning. If you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, then that's what you'll learn. Your personal goals for drumming determine how I teach you.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home music room w/ two drum kits (if needed) and seating for parents. Piano, guitars, bass, and recording equipment.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any manuscript paper necessary for first lesson, then I would expect students to purchase a blank manuscript book along with any books chosen to study.
*** Specialties ***
My lessons are catered to each student's goals.
1990-Present - countless studio recordings, 5 full albums, multiple stage and live video productions, live show fill-in drummer for numerous bands across the country, hired gun: live, studio, lessons
'90-'92 - Live w/ Skin Deep in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Daytona Beach (spring break), local and national TV and radio appearances
'92-'94 - Live w/ Five Spot every weekend @ Jay's Café in Deep Ellum (Dallas, TX)
'94-'97 - Live w/ Mink in Austin weekly at Steamboat
'98-'00 - Live w/ Milkweed in California (including opening for surviving members of the Doors w/ Ian Ashbury of The Cult singing at The Whiskey A Go Go), Arizona, Colorado and Nevada; also w/ Clay Henry in California
'01-'04 - Live w/ JackAcid in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico
'04-'06 - Live w/ Crossing Ellum in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New York
'06-'13 - Live w/ Social Jab in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico
3/14-9/14- Live w/ Marquis of Vaudeville in Texas, Michigan, and Georgia