Jensen L. Thomassie (b. 2001) is a percussionist, composer, and arranger currently based in Greenville, South Carolina. He is an active writer and arranger in the marching arts for drumline and marching band as well as an active educator with a private percussion lesson studio. His original pieces have previously been performed for such ensembles as brass quintet, wind ensemble, solo piano, and jazz trio.
Thomassie is currently an undergraduate student at Furman University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in music composition and percussion performance. He has studied percussion under Dr. Omar Carmenates and Justin Watt and composition under Dr. Mark Kilstofte and Dr. Peter B. Kay. He is a member of the Furman University Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and the Paladin Regiment Marching Band, where he serves as Battery Section Leader.
As a performer, Thomassie has played under Ret. Col. John R. Bourgeois, Dr. David Holsinger, Dr. Sue Samuels, Dr. Serena Weren, Jay Bocook, and Steven D. Davis. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society National Convention with the Furman University Percussion Ensemble premiering the piece “Avian Telemetry” by Matthew Burtner. He is currently a part of the Furman Percussion Quartet premiering John Psatha’s Koolish Zein - for solo percussion, percussion quartet, and digital audio as part of a multi-university commission. In the pagentry arts, Thomassie has marched with the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Furman University Paladin Regiment, and the New Orleans Saints Drumline.
In New Orleans, Thomassie was a member of Fat City Drum Corps, where he was a music writer and arranger in addition to marching on the tenorline from 2016-2019. At De La Salle High School, he was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Cavalier Marching Band, where he served as Percussion Section Leader. Thomassie was a competitive performer in district and state honor bands, holding 1st chair in LMEA District VI Honor Band as well as 4th chair in the LMEA All-State Wind Ensemble. Thomassie was awarded the Marty Hurley Percussionist Award for his time as 1st chair with the District Vi Honor Band.