Basic Background Info

Birth: November 23, 1983
Location: El Cerrito, California
Band: The Mars Volta, The Memorials
Genres: Rock, Progressive, Experimental
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Thomas Armon Pridgen was greeted by success as a child and hasn't stopped since. At nine years old, Thomas Pridgen won Guitar Centerís prestigious Drum-Off 1992. The following year, Thomas Pridgen was the youngest recipient of an endorsement from Zildjian Cymbals. Even more endorsements from major brands followed, including Evans Drum heads, Drum Workshop drums and hardware, and Vater drum sticks. In 1999, Thomas Pridgen received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Just barely beyond being a student himself, Thomas Pridgen has already performed in clinics with geniuses like Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Dennis Chambers.

In 2007, Thomas Pridgen joined The Mars Volta at the invitation of founder Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. He immediately jumped at the chance to begin touring and join them in the studio. Later that year, they recorded The Bedlam in Goliath and released it in 2008. Thomas also worked with Mars Volta founder Omar on his solo album in 2008.
In 2009, Thomas Pridgen created The Memorials with fellow Berklee alumnus Viveca Hawkins and Nick Brewer. They released their self-titled debut album on February 14, 2011. 




Album Year Album Name Album Band
2004 Rebel Soul Music Martin Luther
2006 Rewind That Christian Scott
2006 Crystal Vision Eric Gales
2007 Psychedellic Underground Eric Gales
2007 The Bedlam In Goliath The Mars Volta
2009 Terra Ingocnita Julliette Lewis
2009 Octahedron The Mars Volta
2010 Memorials Memorials
2011 Casual Hierophant
2012 Delirium Memorials
2013 Pinnick Gales Pridgen Pinnick Gales Pridgen
2014 No Peace Trash Talk
2014 Christian Scott Collection Christian Scott


  • Thomas was the youngest recipient of a scholarship to Berklee School of Music on record.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Evans
Sticks: Vater

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