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Thompson Authors New Book, ‘The Lion in the Mason Jar’ 

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Authur Thompson, Grammy nominated musician and former drummer for the late Wayman Tisdale, has released a book entitled “The Lion in the Mason Jar.” During his career, Thompson served more than 20 years as an elementary and middle school teacher and band director. 

The book is a story of a young Black family in Tulsa, Okla. The family finds success through education and entrepreneurship. The themes of the book include a story of love, trust, hardship, change, forgiveness, and growth. 

The backdrop of the book captures the imbalances and incongruities of race and geography that separate people in Tulsa. Blacks have predominantly lived in north Tulsa. Their origins from when their ancestors moved to Tulsa for a better life. They built their livelihoods in the Greenwood area, known as “Black Wall Street.” In 1921, Blacks were victims of one of the nation’s most notorious race massacres from whites in south Tulsa. The community is continuing to rebuild itself today. 

In addition to being a teacher, Thompson, a native Tulsan who recently relocated to Nashville from Los Angeles, is a drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, producer, author, designer, and entrepreneur. On top of working with Tisdale, he has collaborated and performed with other entertainers, including Mindi Abair, Toby Keith, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, and The Boneshakers.  

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He is also the developer of a curriculum named Math and Music ©. According to Thompson, the program “helps make learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division fun for all children.” The materials provide information on basic mathematical concepts with musical notes and scales incorporating repetitive auditory memorization skills. In addition to offering the STEM program nationally, he has delivered the course to children in Uganda, Africa, and Nicaragua. 

For more information, visit arthurthompsondrums.com

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