drumsTulsa, Oklahoma educator and musician Arthur Thompson will work with students in the MSSU Upward Bound program from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7 in the Matthews Justice Center Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. His appearance is entitled “Drums Speak.”

Thompson and one of his dancers will teach the students to make African drums and will provide a variety of other educational activities.

The incredible rhythms of Arthur Thompson not only have contributed to numerous music genres for over 20 years, but have influenced generations through Thompson’s teaching, mentoring and creative genius. His passion for drums and music brings energy to every soul he touches.

Thompson works with students in public and private school systems, with at-risk children in several communities, and with children of incarcerated parents. He has authored books for children and has developed a “Math & Music” curriculum.

As a professional musician, he tours, plays and records.  Thompson has been a member of Tom Braxton’s and Wayman Tisdale’s bands. He has also played or recorded with artists such as Marcus Miller, Eldredge Jackson, and Toby Keith. He produces records for himself and other artists, and directs his own African Dance Troupe.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to help students gain the skills necessary to persist through high school, enter post-secondary education and obtain a college degree. The program at MSSU includes freshman, sophomore or junior students from high schools in Carl Junction, Carthage, East Newton, Joplin and Webb City.

For more information, contact Robin Hicklin, MSSU Upward Bound Director, at (417) 625-9890 or email hicklin-r@mssu.edu

Information about the Upward Bound is available online at http://www.mssu.edu/upward-bound/index.php