While in Los Angeles Mike began his solo project performing in clubs, coffee houses, and private parties for Extraordinary Events. It has evolved from a “new age” presentation to encompass jazz, classic rock, pop, blues, latin, and reggae. This innovative concept is perfect for special events, parties, coffee houses and restaurants.

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Mike Thompson is not only a great drummer but a wonderful entertainer who takes the pulse of an audience and then creates music that engages as well as emotes. Both as a soloist or as part of an ensemble his rhythms reach the heart and soul of what makes music so special. It speaks to all of us and Mike speaks fluidly through his consummate use of his instruments.

Andrea Michaels, President
Extraordinary Events, Los Angeles

More about Mike Thompson

A graduate of Olathe High School, Mike Thompson attended Kansas State University and the Conservatory of Music at UMKC as a percussion major. While at UMKC he became established as a working drummer in the Kansas City area.

After college Mr. Thompson moved to San Diego, Ca. Through contacts developed there he landed the drum chair on the Tommy Banks show; a nightly television show originating from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As a member of the show band he backed such artists as Cab Calloway, Duane Eddy, Phil Everly, Jose Feliciano, Waylon Jennings, Marilyn Maye, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Kenny Rogers, Grady Tate, and many more.

A move to Los Angeles saw Mike begin a career including concerts and tours with Raquel Welch, Charo, Robert Goulet, Lou Rawls, and Jim Nabors. With Mr. Nabors he has performed with the Birmingham, Boca Raton, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Richmond, St. Louis, Toledo, and Winnepeg Symphony Orchestras. His television credits include the “Johnny Carson Show” and the “Merv Griffin Show”. He also performed on the soundtracks of “Love Boat”, “Dynasty”, “Hotel”, and “Who’s the Boss” playing drums, electronic percussion, timpani, mallets, etc. and in addition played on the soundtracks of dozens of television film and movie scores. Mike has performed and / or recorded with such artists as David Benoit, Clare Fisher, Gary Foster, Don Menza, Sam Most, Jack Sheldon, Bill Watrous, Bill Holman, and others. While in Los Angeles he also performed solo electronic percussion engagements. Joe Porcaro, LA studio percussionist and director of Percussion Institute of Technology acknowledges Mike as “one of the first guys into electronics”.

In 1993 Mr. Thompson moved back to the Kansas City area. Since his return he has performed locally with Karryn Allison, David Basse, Megan Birdsall, Bob Bowman, Joe Cartwright, Millie Edwards, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Angela Hagenbach, Russ Long, Ida McBeth, Kevin Mahogany, Greg Meise, Neon Blue, Kerry Strayer, Tim Whitmer, Rob Whitsitt, Bram Wijands, the Kansas City Symphony, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and many others as well as backing up Tiny Tim, the Platters, the Coasters, the Drifters, Don Rickles, Peter Marshall and Florence Henderson. He has played percussion in orchestras backing John Tesh, the Moody Blues and Michael Bolton. Mike can also be heard on the following locally produced CD’s: “Coolin’ Soup” by Michael Parks, “Interpretations” by Candace Evans, “First Impression” by Millie Edwards and Greg Meise, “Chicken Chowder” by the Turpintime Ragsters, and upcoming releases from Alice Jenkins and Alan Stribling and Bustin’ Loose, a compilation of Kansas City blues bands. He recently released “Menagery”; a CD with grammy award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts. In addition to his busy local performing schedule he teaches privately and continues to tour with Jim Nabors.

Mike Thompson with Raquel Welch Electronic Drums

Listen to Mike Thompson:

  1. Rock
  2. Blues
  3. Jazz
  4. Latin
  5. Pop
  6. Reggae