David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher Thompson

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion

Percussionist and Jazz Vibraphonist, Christopher Thompson is a diverse performer that is sure to entertain! He has electrified audiences internationally in venues such as London, UK and the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as throughout the United States. Chris is the founder and C.E.O. of M.A.P.S. (Motivational Arts, Performance, and Sound), an organization that teaches vision and purpose building through an inspirational performance of the arts. As a Motivational Performer, he currently travels to different churches, schools, and community programs, sharing his testimony and inspiring others to maximize their potential. Through his story Chris creates a unique approach to relate to audiences of different ages and cultures, using compositions that blend Jazz, Classical, Hip-hop, and World music.

Mr. Thompson has a strong passion for motivating youth and giving back to the community. Before coming to High Point University, Chris taught as the Percussion Instructor for the award winning Blue Steel Drumline of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He previously served as the Percussion Instructor for the B Natural Academy of Music and the Arts, a program that provides quality and affordable music lessons to undeserved children in the Greensboro Community. Chris also taught as the Student Interventionist at the Allen Jay Preparatory Academy in High Point, NC.

Christopher has completed a Masters degree in Percussion performance as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in Jazz studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he also served as Principal Percussionist for the University Symphony Orchestra. He is also a proud Alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University where he marched for the Blue and Gold Marching Machine and served as Drum Captain for the internationally acclaimed Cold Steel Drumline. While in undergrad, he joined the National Honorary Band Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi and served as the Principal Percussionist for the HBCU Director of Bands Consortium All-Star band in Atlanta, Georgia.

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