A graduate of Olathe High School, Mike Thompson attended Kansas State University and the Conservatory of Music at UMKC as a percussion major. While at UMKC he became established as a working drummer in the Kansas City area.
After college Mr. Thompson moved to San Diego, Ca. Through contacts developed there he landed the drum chair on the Tommy Banks show; a nightly television show originating from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As a member of the show band he backed such artists as Cab Calloway, Duane Eddy, Phil Everly, Jose Feliciano, Waylon Jennings, Marilyn Maye, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Kenny Rogers, Grady Tate, and many more.
A move to Los Angeles saw Mike begin a career including concerts and tours with Raquel Welch, Charo, Robert Goulet, Lou Rawls, and Jim Nabors