TJ Thompson
Forest Park, IL
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TJ Thompson

TJ T.

Forest Park, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hi! My name is T.J. and I am a professional drummer and educator currently living in Forest Park, IL. I received my B.A. in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College in the Spring of 2019. I have been playing professionally in Chicago and it's surrounding suburbs for over five years now, and have played the drum set for 13 years.

I am very passionate about my craft, and absolutely love spreading that knowledge with others and inspiring them to the best of my ability. I am well versed in many styles, including Rock, Jazz,, Fusion, Funk, World Music, and Classical Percussion.

I am active in many bands, such as Instrumental Rock/Fusion band Elysian Green and Folk/Rock band Fleeting Suns (check either out on spotify!) I've been lucky enough to record and share the stage with famous Chicago musicians, such as Chris Siebold, Mark Colby, Frank Caruso, Jeremy Khan, and Marlene Rosenberg, among others. Some less-local musicians include Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, and Matt Wilson. I have also had to opportunity to perform overseas in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

About TJ T.

My goal as an educator is to give my students the tools to allow them to play in a way that makes them feel accomplished and brings them joy. I am very serious about teaching the fundamentals of drumming, as it allows you to begin learning self-sufficiently, and that way you can keep learning in a streamlined way for life. That being said, learning songs of many styles is also essential, and is so much fun to do! Playing along with records is one of the best forms of practice. I'm ready to help you learn whatever you want to bring me, and if you're looking for direction in what you should learn, I'd love to lead you down paths you might enjoy!

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Education

B.A. Jazz Studies
Aug 2015 - May 2019

Elmhurst College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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