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Chester Thompson

Chester Thompson is an Adjunct Instructor (commercial percussion) at the Belmont University School of Music.

From Jazz to Rock or Pop to Gospel, Chester Thompson has surpassed the boundaries of musical genres. Performance and recording experiences with artists as varied as Weather Report, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Genesis/Phil Collins, and Ron Kenoly, Chester has influenced over three decades of music and musicians. Whether he is playing a drum kit or various percussion instruments, Chester's masterful subtleties and unyielding time create the firm musical foundation for any musical genre. Every time Chester plays he gives 110% - there is no such thing as practice. To watch him play is magical; to listen to him play is surreal.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chester has spent extended periods of time in various musical centers including Los Angeles, CA and London. With a heavy touring schedule in the '70s, '80s and '90s, Chester and his family now call Nashville, TN home. Keeping extremely busy with live performances, studio recordings, clinics and writing, Chester's Nashville residence has also afforded him more time to invest in students. On faculty at Belmont University since 1998, Chester teaches applied drum lessons and directs a student jazz ensemble. Known for his exceptional teaching style and zeal for music, Chester is a favorite among students and fellow colleagues. Currently working on a new solo project, Chester is again pouring himself into music composition and production. The highly awaited project will be available in 2005.