Jordan Thompson


When did you begin making music?

I started dabbling on piano around age 5 or 6 but that never materialized into anything until I was about 11 years old. Then I began to write songs on piano and figure out the structure of music. In that time I also took saxophone lessons and have now been playing saxophone for 11 years. I am also self-taught on guitar which I started playing seriously at age 15. I have taught myself to play drums along the way as well. The first time I ever played drums was in 2003 when I was 15, and I got my first drum set in late 2005 when I was 17. I wanted to play drums before I played anything else but my parents would never allow it, so it’s a rewarding feeling that I’ve finally made that my primary instrument.

What is the largest audience for which you’ve played?

Jordan Thompson(photo by Misty Patcyk)
Jordan Thompson
(photo by Misty Patcyk)

I play with the Earthtones every summer at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, where they close the festival on Sunday night. It’s usually around three or four thousand people, so that’s my biggest crowd so far. I’ve been doing that every year since I was 17.

Any final thoughts?

A good drummer does more than just keep the beat.