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About Timothy Thompson

Timothy Thompson
Timothy Thompson
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree - Houghton College Associate of Arts Degree - Penn State University Certified Drum Instructor - Drum Teachers Guild of America New York State School Music Association - Member Erie County Music Educators Association - Member National Association for Music Education - Member Sabian Education Network - Sabian Cymbals Endorsed Artist Vic Firth Education Team - Endorsed Artist D'Adddario Education Collective - Evans Drumheads Endorsed Artist
Performance Experience: Performed Professionally in Jazz and Rock bands for over 10 years before my teaching career.
Teaching Experience: Teaching Privately and for multiple School Districts in New York and Pennsylvania for over 35 years. Orchard Park School District Eden School District West Shore School District West Perry School District Lower Dauphin School District Hanover School District Lewistown School District
Teaching Philosophy: As a musician, drummer, and educator my philosophy is simple! I provide my students with the proper foundation for hand control, sticking patterns, technique, posture, reading music, and a strong focus on rudiment development. It is a proven method that has worked for countless professional drummers and my students for forty years! As a member of the ECMEA and NYSSMA, it is my goal to promote my student’s involvement throughout their time while attending local schools.

Get to know Timothy Thompson

Timothy Thompson has been a passionate percussionist for over 45 years. He is a third-generation drummer, a tradition that started with his Grandfather, Gifford W. Thompson Sr., who played in Jazz and Dance Bands in Philadelphia in the 1920's on a Barry Collapsible Drum Kit.

The core of Mr. Thompson’s teaching and performance began in the 1980s while attending Penn State University and Houghton College. He also began arranging/teaching High School level competitive drumlines during this period.

His percussion experiences span a wide range of performance and study focus, from jazz, rock, blues, fusion, funk, & worship. Top influences include Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Tommy Igoe, Gary Novak, and Dave Weckl.  His love of Jazz and Swing styles is a direct result from studying with David Lazorcik, Dave Stahl Big Band Jazz Drummer from 1978-1981.

On the opposite of the percussion spectrum, Mr. Thompson’s rudimental drive and passion for drumline excellence came from his years of studying with Gary Lenderman, the legendary DCI Drum Corps and High School Percussion Director, from 1978 to 1983.

This unique variety of experience served as a catalyst for performance as a drummer for Penn State University Jazz Band and as a professional drummer for local rock bands from 1981 to 1986.  While performing with the DCA Senior Drum Corps "Westshoremen,” Tim began a successful teaching career spanning over ten years in the 1980s as a High School Percussion instructor and composer for multiple award-winning High Schools in Central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Thompson has over 35 years of experience and is in high demand for private student instruction with currently 55+ students in Western New York at his Hamburg Percussion studio and as a Master Music Instructor for Music & Arts Orchard Park.

He is a member of ECMEA/NYSSMA and currently supports and prepares multiple students for county and state competitions. He also consults and mentor’s other music teachers nationally through live video webinars on MeetHook.

Tim most recently was on staff as Percussion Battery Instructor for Orchard Park High School Quaker Marching Band, Six Time New York State Champions NYSFBC, and is a Substitute Music Teacher for Orchard Park School District and Eden Central School District.

He is honored to be a Weekly Judge for International Hit Like a Girl Contest for 2019 and 2020, and serves as a Talent Coordinator/Judge for all weekly entries for 2021. He also serves on the Percussion Arts Society Diversity Alliance Committee which coordinates efforts to develop and foster initiatives aimed at expanding PAS membership diversity and enhancing community outreach.

Tim’s philanthropy efforts include the development of the David Stephans Memorial Scholarship for graduating students from East Aurora High School pursuing music studies. Tim also supports WNY Drummers for Homeless People and the Ted Reinhardt Memorial Music Scholarship.

Other projects include:

*Development of an accredited Internship Program for Music/Percussion students in collaboration with Villa Maria College, Buffalo, New York.

*Community host of Carolina Crown while competing at DCI Drums Along the Waterfront every August.  Generates financial support through local businesses and promotes student involvement with drum corps activities.

*Promotion of local drum clinics and workshops for students through the Percussive Arts Society and other local and national promoters.

Through Mr. Thompson’s philanthropy and community support of student development through the percussive arts, he is a distinguished member or recipient of the following memberships/awards:

•             Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America

•             Vic Firth Education Team – Endorsed Artist

•             Sabian Education Network - Sabian Cymbals Endorsed Artist

•             D'Addario Education Collective - Evans Drumheads Endorsed Artist

•             DrumDots – Authorized Education Partner

•             Villa Maria College Official Internship Site for Percussion Students

•             The Percussive Arts Society

•             The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers

•             Erie County Music Educators Association/New York State School Music Association

Mr. Thompson resides in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York and is an independent consultant for Nation Stage/Production Companies and develops social media and marketing strategies for the Live Music/Production Industry.  Mr. Thompson also serves as a consultant and clinician for local School District Music Departments and has been featured as a contributor for the Sabian Education Network.

Timothy Thompson teaches at:
4190 N Buffalo St
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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