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”.