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Kit Chatham

Kit Chatham is an internationally recognized drummer / percussionist, performer, arranger, and educator. Kit’s experience in many forms of percussion, including drum set, world percussion, orchestral percussion, and marching percussion, makes him a highly sought after performer and clinician.

Kit currently is the Drummer / Percussionist, Assistant Band Leader, and Featured Stage Artist for Cirque du Soleil’s big-top touring show, KURIOS, and when not on tour resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kit has enjoyed performing all over the world in front of millions of specators over the years with other Cirque du Soleil productions: Kooza (2013-2014), Zumanity (2012-2013), and Mystere (2013). Before those shows, Kit was the original Percussionist / Drummer for both Cirque du Soleil creations Viva Elvis (2009-2012) and Corteo (2005-2009) where he never missed a single show in over 5000+ shows. After 6 different productions with Cirque, Kit is known around Cirque du Soleil as the “Cirquedu- rummer”.

Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Kit finished an exciting run from 2003 to 2004 as the featured percussionist and music / percussion manager for the critically acclaimed instrumental theatrical show, CYBERJAM, performing in London, England’s West End. From 2001 up through 2003, Kit was the featured snare drum/percussion soloist with the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show BLAST! touring all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Kit performed with numerous bands and ensembles prior to joining BLAST! and toured through out North America and Europe at venues like the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, the Vienne Jazz Festival, and many other festivals.

Kit has arranged, composed, and designed for some of the Nation’s top music ensembles. Including such groups as the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corp, The University of Georgia, Terminus Percussion Theatre, Atlanta Quest, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, and numerous scholastic groups throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.

Kit has also published 6 books on percussion and is co-creator of the Principal Percussion Series for Percussion. This series is featured in SmartMusic’s ground breaking software and was a result of collaborating with SmartMusic. www.PrincipalPercussionSeries.com

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Kit received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Dr. Arvin Scott. While attending, he instructed & arranged for the Sudler Trophy winning University of Georgia Redcoat Band, performed in numerous ensembles, and toured Europe performing at many prestigious jazz festivals.

Kit continues to give clinics and master classes on percussion around the world and is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Stick & Mallets, Yamaha Drums & Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Alternate Mode, Offworld Percussion and fXpansion Music Software.

Check out more on Kit at his website - KitChatham.com


Brad Dutz

While recording CDs for artists like Kiss, Willie Nelson, Michael Wolff, Tribal Tech, David Benoit, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Shepard, Vinny Golia, Alanis Morrisette, Mitch Forman, Kim Richmond, Ricky Lee Jones, Hands’onsemble, Big Phat Band, and even actors Jeff Bridges and Ronny Cox, Brad tries to bring the strangest percussion instruments he has to the session to create a unique sound. He can be heard on TV shows King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, Enterprise and Firefly. Some of the movies that Brad has played on include House, Going in Style, Lost Vegas, Battleship, Bourne Legacy, Cowboys and Aliens, Prince of Egypt, Syriana, Hildago, Rugrats Go Wild, Star Trek 5, Oceans Eleven, Anchorman, Hollywood Homicide, Transformers 1 and 2, Rush Hour 3, Run Down and I Spy. IMAX films include Mysteries of Egypt, Mt. Kilamanjaro, Amazon, and Island of Sharks.
 
As a member of BMI since 1985, Dutz has produced over forty CDs as a leader and  composed the entire body of music on more than thirty of those CDs. He is the owner of the publishing company leaky SPLEEN music. The ensembles he has written for cover a wide range of instrumental combinations. In 1990, Dutz started his composition studies of multiple scores mainly of 20th century music with composers Terry Plumeri, Ron Jones, Russell Steinberg. In addition to CD projects he has composed for dance companies, and theatre as well as some television and movies, as well as silent films. The main focus of his composition over the last twenty years however has been his numerous cd releases. Everything from solo pieces to nonets  are featured on his compact discs. Last month his Tentet CD was released as well as his solo CD Drums and Bells. Last year saw the fourth release - “Peripheral Hearing” of his latest quartet project. This unit has the  unique instrumental combination of mallet percussion, oboe, cello, and bass clarinet. Other recent ensembles include “The Other Three” (a trio with Kim Richmond and John Fumo), “Obliteration 4tet” [found objects for  percussionists], “Polarity Taskmasters” [keyboards, voice, theremin, percussion] and the duet CD with reedman Vinny Golia. In 2002 his “Obliteration” quartet was the subject of a documentary film.
         
As an educator, Brad has taught hand percussion at Cal State Long Beach since 1997. He also teaches hand percussion for Pasadena Music Conservatory at Jefferson Elementary in Pasadena and teaches world music at Chandler Middle School. He has conducted hundreds of clinics at colleges and high schools on a variety of topics including studio work, composing for percussion, producing one's own CDs, world percussion and freelancing in the music industry. Brad has also performed master classes and lectures at many universities including University of Kentucky, Cal Arts, Saddleback College, Chapman College, Northern Illinois University, Winona State University. Cal State Los Angeles, Indiana University, University of North Texas, Weber college, USC, UCLA, EIU, Eagle Rock Community Center, Southern Methodist University, ISU, U of I,  Milliken University, Pierce college, University Nebraska, Southern Utah University, Brigham Young, Utah state, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In 1995 Brad was featured on four videotapes (since reissued on DVD): Have Fun Playing Hand Drums that taught newcomers about playing hand percussion. In addition, for four years Brad wrote a monthly column for Drum! Magazine on hand percussion and he has written three books full of his compositions: Manipulations In Sound And Time, Music for Hand Percussion, and Percussion Pieces For Duos, Trios and Quartets. There are four of Brad’s compositions from 2012 published by Honeyrock Music.

His endorsements include Innovative Percussion, Gonbops, Remo, Yamaha, Paiste, Rolland, and ReBELLion Drums.


Bruce Carver

Bruce Carver lives in Los Angeles, California, where he plays percussion in orchestra pits, concert stages, sound stages, and recording studios.

Early study with bodhrán superstars Kevin Rice and Jackie Moran gave Bruce a firm foundation in the traditional Irish bodhrán. LA session great Steve Forman stretched Bruce to a new altitude of thinking and playing.  

Bruce's DVD, Bad Idea, and CD, Bones and Bodhran: Beyond Tradition were recorded with duo partner and bones virtuoso Brad Dutz. Carver and Dutz were featured on all four seasons of the hit STARZ series, Black Sails.

Currently, Bruce plays bodhrán for the award-winning STARZ series, Outlander.

Hear his rebellious style on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/labodhran


Bryan Brock

Bryan Brock is a seasoned percussionist specializing in creative applications of rhythms, instruments, and techniques from all over the globe. Recently featured in a series of videos for Meinl Percussion, his unique blend of creativity, versatility, and skill enhances a profusion of musical styles.

Bryan earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and has studied throughout America, Cuba, and Ghana with percussion masters from African, Arabic, Brazilian, Cuban, and European traditions.

Live performance/touring credits include Frankie Valli, Melody Gardot, Tito Rojas, Nathan Pacheco, Anjani & Leonard Cohen, Incendio, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Band.

Recording credits include sessions for Dr. Dre, India.Arie, Sara Bereilles, Macy Gray, Truth Hurts, Sam Riggs, Jim Stubblefield, HuDost and numerous commercial jingles. Bryan plays Meinl percussion/cymbals, Remo drumheads, Rebellion Drums bodhráns, and Innovative Percussion sticks/mallets. He lives in Nashville, TN.


Andy Kruspe

Andy Kruspe is a music educator and percussionist from Huntsville, Alabama (USA), where he teaches private students, concert bands, marching bands, percussion ensembles, and indoor drum lines. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Central Florida, and is an Educational Endorser for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Andy has performed and recorded with several Celtic artists in the southeastern United States, including Black Market Haggis, David Coe, Candace Corrigan, Mithril, and SlipJig. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses on the bodhrán at several universities and festivals. In 2013, he presented a clinic entitled “The Irish Bodhrán in Context: Celebrating the Evolutions of a Modern Tradition” with Dr. Kyle Forsthoff at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).

Andy has spent several years studying the bodhrán both in the United States and abroad, including spending several summers at Craiceann- The Bodhrán Summer School on Inis Oírr, County Galway, Ireland. In May of 2014, he won the Over 18 division for the bodhrán at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Midwest Fleadh in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2014, he published an extensive method book titled The Bodhrán Primer. In 2015, the book was reviewed in Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Reviewer N. Scott Robinson stated in this review that this book was “…quite possibly the best resource on Irish bodhrán by a musician born outside of Ireland.” His second book, Playing the Tune, was released in 2015. A review in the December 2016 issue of Percussive Notes stated that this book “provides percussionists with another excellent resource, furthering the pedagogical materials available on the performance practice of the bodhrán.” His third book, First Steps: A Beginner’s Guide to the Bodhrán was released in early 2017.

Andy is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel. When they are not working, they spend their free time traveling, finding good eats, and sampling really good beers.

Visit him at: andykruspebodhran.com


James Yoshizawa

James Yoshizawa is a versatile drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles, CA with a BM in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach. While a student, he received the PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, the Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarship, and the Komaroff Scholarship. Since graduating, he has been an active performer and educator in Los Angeles and around the country. Some recent, noteworthy engagements include a 3-month run as the percussionist and bodhran soloist in the Broadway musical, "Come From Away," a guest performance with the band NYCO accompanied by the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham, AL, and the recording of all the percussion tracks for an upcoming show at Tokyo Disney. He has also been a guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, AK since 2013. As an educator, he maintains a private lesson studio and has taught at many nationally acclaimed high school percussion programs around Southern California. 


Nick Watson

A native of Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland, Nick toured internationally as a member of the drum corps with Belfast-based Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, one of the top competitive bagpipe bands in the world. In 1995 he joined 7 Nations and was the drummer on what are still two of the most all-time popular albums in that band's discography. Nick is that rare drummer, both articulate and powerful. His rock steady intuitive drumming is the foundation for Rathkeltair's incredible sound.


Jim Stickley

Jim began drumming at age eight. Jim completed his Bachelor of Music Education Degree in Percussion from James Madison University in 1985. He joined the Army shortly thereafter, serving from 1985 to 1990 as a snare drummer in the US Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. He then spent the next ten years teaching elementary school band in Fairfax County Public Schools. He also taught various high school percussion sections in both concert and marching disciplines throughout the county. Jim also was the lead drummer for the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums for five years, and it was during that period he began playing bodhrán in the Northern Virginia session scene.

An active session player, Jim is often found at Daniel O’Connell’s pub in Old Town Alexandria. He has also performed and recorded with a number of notable Irish musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region.