Thomas Gettys

Drums with Purpose and Play



2009, B.A. Philosophy and Russian Studies, Double Major, Summa Cum Laude, from Iowa State University

2005, A.A. Professional Music, from Southwestern Community College, School for Music Vocations



Thomas Gettys is a drummer, a teacher, a husband, a cat dad, a brother, an uncle, an Iowan, a Californian, a practitioner of Adamantine® Yoga, a coffee addict, and a Four. He lives with his wife and cat in Berkeley, CA.

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, he spent his 20's playing, touring, and teaching. He played jazz of all kinds, was in an indie folk band, a salsa group, did some country gigs, and an odd assortment of musical theater shows from Judy Garland to Reefer Madness. Currently, he is sitting behind the kit for SF-based rock 'n roll band, Smokin' Ziggurats, who released their self-titled debut album in October 2016, and are getting ready to release their sophomore effort this summer. (Check out the 'Music' page for playing examples.)

Since moving to the Bay Area, Thomas has been specializing in working with adult drum students. Much of our adult days are spent in our heads, and getting onto the drumset is an incredibly fun and invigorating way to get back into the body. Beyond the actual drumset, the more familiar you are with rhythm, the more you'll start to see, hear, and feel it everywhere. Rhythm can become a whole new way of relating to the world. Whether you've always wanted to play or it just recently occurred to you that drums are the best instrument ever, Thomas will help get you going on your path. 


A Sampling

by Smokin' Ziggurats, The River Monks, I Say Yes, Michael Giles (The 3x5), James Biehn, with Thomas Gettys, drums.

‘Boysenberry Mind’ from Smokin’ Ziggurats sophomore album Face the Jazz. Video by Akhil Bhatt & Nick Farago © 2019

'Psychic Palms', from Smokin' Ziggurats' self-titled debut album. Direction - Akhil K Bhatt Cinematography - Nick Farago

'Beasts', from The River Monks' second album, Home Is The House. Music by The River Monks, video by DEFT.


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