Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer Mighty Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played backup for Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies in Hair; The Wiz; The Me Nobody Knowsl; Promises, Promises; 1776; Bubblin Brown Sugar; Raisin in the Sun; Grease; One Mo’ Time; and Aint Misbehavin.
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