Arthur Lee Thompson, Sr. (born June 30, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a drummer, percussionist, singer, producer, songwriter, author, designer, and entrepreneur. Arthur, the ninth of twelve brothers and sisters, started his professional music career at the age of fifteen. Arthur has two daughters, Romeca Fairue and Lesle Belcer, and a son, Arthur Jr.
At age 4, brother Jesse taught Arthur his first beats. Since then, Arthur has been playing drums. Perhaps best known as drummer for the late, great Wayman Tisdale, he has also recorded and performed with bassist Marcus Miller, singer-songwriter Toby Keith and saxophonist Tom Braxton. For over thirty years. Arthur has contributed to a variety of music genres and uses his drums as an instrument for positive change. Known as the Drumming Man, Arthur teaches children how to play Djembes, Tubanos and other African instruments. He has touched thousands of lives around the country by using African hand drums as a catalyst to help individuals heal, both spiritually and physiologically. Deeply moved by the realities faced by at-risk children, as well as the drastic reduction of music education and arts programs in schools, Arthur created Math & Music©, a curriculum that relates basic mathematical concepts with musical notes and scales incorporating repetitive auditory memorization skills. This rhythmic approach to learning uses animated characters and makes counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fun for children! Arthur has designed tunable tubano drums to accompany his Math & Music© curriculum. These enhance the experience and give schools the opportunity to invest in quality Remo instruments. In addition to designing drums, Arthur designs clothing, which will soon be offered through his clothing line, ARTHURIZED. Arthur also created and directs an African dance troupe, A Taste of Africa, to introduce people to the African diaspora.
Arthur believes everyone is talented and their talents should be identified and cultivated early in life. This was the impetus for creating the Arthur Thompson Community Theater Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Arthur believes providing a place where children can go and get off of the streets is my goal in creating this community foundation.....music is universal and has a way of touching people on every level; what better way is there than to weave music with positive messages through various community programs that will ultimately help children identify and use their talents constructively. He also serves as a director and founding partner in the Promises for Families Foundation, which provides summer camps and school programs for children and youth with an incarcerated parent.