About Master Christopher

Professor Christopher Thompson, otherwise known as ‘Master Christopher’ is a diverse performer that is sure to entertain! As a Percussionist, Composer, and Rhythmic Lyricist, he actively creates innovative ways to desegregate music by merging contemporary percussion, jazz, and classical music with rap.

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.

Mr. Thompson recently served as the director of percussion studies at High Point University, where he lead a comprehensive percussion program. At HPU, Mr. Thompson also directed the Panther Pulse Drumline and was the assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. As of summer 2022, Chris and his wife have relocated to Philadelphia, PA.

Christopher has completed a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, under Dr. Eric Willie. 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.

Chris Thompson is endorsed by Marimba One & Black Swamp percussion.