Thomas Spann Jr.


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Thomas Spann, Jr., a native of Pineville, South Carolina, grew up under the musicianship of his father Thomas Lee Spann, Sr. who inspired him to play the drums. His high school band director, Mack Guice, II, influenced him to pursue a career in music. Having these two giants in his life has propelled him toward finesse as a percussionist in academia and the music industry.


Mr. Spann graduated Cum Laude from Benedict College earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. He then forged ahead and earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University. This distinction has set him apart from the drummers of the world to being established as an accomplished percussionist. His extensive genre skill has afforded him the opportunity to record music with The Jonathan Pierce Band (Country/Folk), Chris Simmons Jazz Trio (Jazz), Cat Parks and Kindred Souls (Pop/Rock), Curtis Fields(R&B), Blended 328 (Country/Pop), and Dr. Sean Daniels (Jazz). He has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Central Asia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Africa, Brazil, Middle East, and Mexico. 


In academia, Mr. Spann serves as the percussion/drum educator with Creative Soul Music Academy at Lead Academy Neely's Bend where he teaches drumline to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. He also serves as Adjunct Professor teaching Percussion/Drumline, World Music, Music Education at Fisk University and formerly served as Adjunct Professor in Applied Percussion at Tennessee State University. Within the music industry, Mr. Spann is the drummer for Sonja Hopkins, DSD Jazz Quartet, and other various artists.


Additionally, Mr. Spann is endorsed by Regal Tip, a company specializing in drumsticks, a songwriter with BMI Music, and sound designer with affiliated with Native Instruments Music production.