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), 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, 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.    
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The Passage by Meg Thomas
2010 Drummie Award "Rising Star Percussionist" Runner-up  ~ Drum Magazine,  Issue #170

January 2013 "Musician of the Month" ~ Chicago Music Guide

"Meg Thomas: The Language of Percussion" ~ Tom Tom Magazine,  Tom Tom Web on May 7th, 2014

(The Wanton Looks) " . . . a monster performance by her and the band. She was all over the drums all night like a punk Buddy Rich, providing a pounding sophistication to the group's lean and mean sound. . . ."  ~ Dave Miller, ChicagoConcertgoers.com

" . . . the machine gun-like drums of 'Demons' (courtesy of Meg Thomas) hammering you into submission. . . ."  
~ LoudLoopPress.com

" . . . While she has the power of a rocker, her playing travels beyond the genre. . .Even in this talented group (Tropixplosion) of musicians, Thomas stood out. . . "  ~Dave Miller, ChicagoConcertgoers.com

". . . The band's swagger is due in no small part to the drumming of Meg Thomas.  She supplements singer/bassist Traci Trouble's lyrics about deliciously bad decisions (see '86 Me') with furious velocity on the kit.  The sheer speed of her snare rolls makes it hard to believe that she could utilize her crash cymbal as much as she does.  Yet, she hits every part of the kit for a full sound and if the "Electromagnetic Force" video is any indicator, she adds in a flourish to her hits for good measure. . . ."~ Valerie Paschall, Tom Tom Magazine

". . . All songs featured incredible, versatile, interesting and, ultimately powerful drumming, which seemed to spur the band (The Wanton Looks) more than usual . . ." ~ Dave Miller, ChicagoConcertgoers.com

". . . Meg Thomas is an amazing conga and percussion player. . ."  ~ Karen Boylen, Latitude 41 53' N Longitude 87 38' W,  Volume 19, Issue 6

". . . Drummer Meg Thomas' blistering, rapid beats are a thing to behold . . ."~ Dave Miller,ChicagoConcertgoers.com

". . . Whether she is playing congas, bongos, or tabla, sitting on her throne behind the drum kit, with her toms, cymbals, snare, timbales and bass drum or she has a shaker in her hand Meg Thomas attracts a lot of attention both for her talent and the great fervor with which she performs. . . . "
Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs Magazine

". . . Thomas' drumming is something to behold in every show. . ."  ~Dave Miller, ChicagoConcertgoers.com


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