Drummer and percussionist Meg Thomas has performed in musical realms that range from rock to calypso, avant-garde to spoken word, latin-jazz to punk, and dance ensembles to percussion ensembles.
Meg has aquired years of performance, recording, and teaching experience as well as having toured the U.S. and Europe.
In addition to having obtained a degree in Music, performing in a wide spectrum of musical settings has helped contribute to her creativity and unique approach to each new musical endeavor. Her drum and percussion set-ups range from the traditional ideas to unique set-ups that incorporate a vast range of percussion instruments.
Meg won runner-up "Rising Star Percussionist" in Drum! Magazine's 2010 Drummie Awards and was named "Musician of the Month" for January 2013 by the Chicago Music Guide.
Past and Present Live Performances
Tropixplosion!, Calabash, LIFEAFTERSIX, Hannah Frank Group, Birdy, Jacqueline Sylvie Band, Peter Calo (known for his work with Carly Simon), Cleemann (Denmark), Christina Trulio, Liz Chidester, The Gasper Ghoul, The Howl, The Wanton Looks, GingaBop, The Very Small Quartet, Paul Willaert, Victor Sanders, The Sweet Maries, James McCandless, Barrett's Hidden Agenda, The Greenleaf Band, Daniel Connolly, Clarence Goodman, Roger Reupert and Friends, "Bodies of Memory" (Dance Show), Squirrel, Pont des Arts Ensemble, Saint Cloud, Zozo, Nicolau Santos, Jess Yoakum Band, In The Flesh!, Echoes, OD TAPO IMI, POP!, Gray Area, Down to the Ground, Sweet Inspiration, Ultimately Blessed, The Pickin' Bubs, Trinity Irish Dance Troupe II, Trinity Irish Dance Troupe, Reptoids, Darlyne Caine, Catfish Jenkins, Matt Mercado and the Amazing Devils, Rhumbuzzz, Capt'n Groovy, Big Fun, The Jake and Elwood Show, Gypsy, Deja Vu, DV8, The Runs, Alma Mendoza, Brian Delaney, The Jasper Stone Trio, The Late Shift Orchestra, Ripley Caine, Tim Seisser Trio, Arturo's Latin-Jazz Combo, Flabby Hoffman Acoustic, Troupe Namaste, Brown Dog, The Kevin Leeds Band, Harem, Casolando, The Carlos Ortega Latin-Jazz Combo, Reely Dan, Caribbean Castaways, Ted Wulfers and Beggers Bridge, Margarita Island, The Tom Brockman Blues Band, RMR, The Acousticats, The Decatur Municipal Band, Stewed Tomatoes, The Chinese Professionals.
Recorded with (in no particular order and not complete):
The Wanton Looks, Birdy, LIFEAFTERSIX, James McCandless, Hannah Frank Group, VoxBox, OD TAPO IMI, GingaBop, Reptoids, Joseph Sobol, Jacqueline Sylvie Band, Marshall Hong, Eres Ra, Liz Chidester, Rick Anton, The Drum Circle (Kindermusik), Chicago Mike, Liesl Downey, Tom Harter, Lisa Danielson, Randy Rice, Noah Gabriel, Terry MacNamara, The Polar Bears, Bobbi Rector, Jim Gary, Frank Nims, Reva Karkhanis, and others.
Meg is part of the The Vic Firth drumstick and mallet company's Education Team as a Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher and she has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, LP Percussion, and PureSound Percussion. Meg also writes the Drum and Percussion Tips column for the Chicago Music Guide. Meg teaches private lessons for drum set, congas, bongos, snare drum, djembe, classical percussion, timbales, among other percussion instruments. Meg founded and runs the Chicago Women's Drumming Group.