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New Full-Time Faculty for Fall 2023

Christopher L. Thompson

Christopher L. Thompson

Lecturer | Music

Meet Christopher L. Thompson, aka "Master Christopher," who joins KCC’s communications and performing arts department as a lecturer. Originally from Greensboro, NC, he is now based in Philadelphia, PA.

A proud alumnus of an HBCU, Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. There, he marched for the Blue and Gold Marching Machine and served as drum captain for the internationally acclaimed Cold Steel Drumline.

Chris also holds a master’s degree in percussion performance and a postbaccalaureate certificate in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, where he served as principal percussionist for the University Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

He brings a wealth of teaching experience to KCC. He was previously a percussion professor and drumline instructor at High Point University, where he directed the Panther Pulse Drumline and assisted with the wind ensemble. He has also worked with the Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, promoting the integration of arts into the curriculum.

Chris's commitment to education and community extends beyond the classroom. He is the founder and director of Motivational Arts, Performance, & Sound (M.A.P.S.), an organization that promotes vision by combining inspirational messages and arts performances. His work in various community settings encourages underrepresented groups to pursue their dreams while embracing the arts.

A dynamic performer and composer, Chris has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians. His debut album, "Music Desegregation by Master Christopher," showcases his unique approach to blending contemporary percussion, jazz, classical music, and rap. He has graced stages at prestigious events like the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues festival and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

He currently serves on the board of the Alliance of Black Orchestral Percussionists, is a member of the Percussive Arts Society New Music/Research committee, and is an Endorsed Artist for Marimba One and Black Swamp Percussion.

Outside of his musical pursuits, Chris enjoys travel, golf, and grilling. He’s looking forward to making an impact on our students and building relationships with his new colleagues.