Kenne Thomas

Kenne in a rehearsal at St. Michael's church cafeteria.

Kenne played in the July 8, 2003, Roseville Big Band rehearsal (left) and the July 29, 2003, concert (right).

Kenne wears a Roseville Big Band shirt and warms up with brushes.
Role in Roseville Big Band: 


Member during: 

2004-June 2006 (leave of absence November 2005-February 2006)


Drummer, percussionist, author, educator

Kenne first performed with the Roseville Big Band on the July 29, 2003, Roseville Big Band concert in Central Park, in which he was featured on "Cute."

In addition to subbing with the Roseville Big Band, Kenne is a percussionist with the St. Paul Civic Symphony and plays drum set in Nice and Easy, a supper club combo that also includes Mike Wobig and Lauren Redpath. He formerly played percussion in the Grand Symphonic Winds.

Among his other musical activites, Kenne is an author and workshop facilitator for world music. He is the author of "Clave: The Beat" in the December, 2004, issue of the Percussive Arts Society journal, Percussive Notes.

Perhaps you attended one of his "Drums from a Small Planet" workshops. You might have seen him in 2004 on the KARE Channel 11 TV Morning Show or read his article, "Go Bang a Drum," in the September, 2002, issue of Prevention magazine.

After graduating from Moorhead State University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education, Kenne toured the United States and the world with several different groups. While living in Japan, Kenne composed, performed, and recorded extensively while studying the Japanese art of Taiko drumming.

Kenne teaches all levels of drumming, including modern drum set performance and hand drumming in African, Latin, and Taiko styles.

You can learn more about him at his web site,

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Friday, February 07, 2020.

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