Staff Sergeant Lonnie Thompson was born at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, USA. He graduated from the Musician's Institute in 1990 with a certificate in Guitar Performance. In 2002 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and has served with the Army Bands at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, Korea; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Camp Zama, Japan; and Fort Carson, Colorado. Highlights from throughout his career include performing for the President of the United States, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and even tsunami survivors in Tohoku, Japan. He has also performed at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival. Here at the SHAPE International Band, Staff Sergeant Thompson serves as our guitarist in the NATO Jazz Orchestra, Task Force X, and the NATO Jazz Combo. He also performs solo guitar for VIP events.