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, singer, teacher, a husband, a cat dad, a brother, an uncle, an Iowan, a Californian, a practitioner of Adamantine® Yoga, a coffee addict, and a Nine. 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. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2014 he has been active in the psych rock and pop scene, clubbing the drums and singing sweet harmonies for Smokin’ Ziggurats, Luke Sweeney, and his amazing wife, Sarah Gettys.

Thomas’ playing focuses on solid and consistent groove, never sacrificing feel for flash. His joyful energy is most alive in the background, driving the music forward, keeping listeners’ feet moving, hips swaying, and heads boppin’. Keep an eye out for the curly mop and ear-to-ear grin at the back of the stage!


A Sampling

by Smokin' Ziggurats, The River Monks, I Say Yes, Michael Giles (The 3x5), James Biehn, with Thomas Gettys, drums.
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    The River Monks, Jovials (2012)

‘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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