artist_singleThomas Pridgen is an American drummer best known for his collaboration with El Paso-based band The Mars Volta from October 2006 to October 2009. He began drumming at the age of 3, and by 9 won the Guitar Center Drum Off. He is naturally left-handed, but plays the drum kit set up right-handed. Thomas has studied with David Garibaldi, Walfredo Reyes Sr., Troy Lucketta, and Curtis Nutall. In 1999, at age 15, he received a 4-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, the youngest musician to ever receive this distinguished award.

Pridgen has been voted Best Up-and-Coming Drummer by Modern Drummer magazine. Besides his work with The Mars Volta.