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Kit Chatham

COUNTRY:  United States

GROUP:  Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios

http://www.KitChatham.com

BORN IN:
Atlanta, GA

LIVES IN:
Las Vegas, NV

DRUMMING SINCE:
1988

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT:
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
Buddy Rich, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jojo Mayer

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON:
Randy Hoexter’s album “Fromage” that also features Dave Weckl

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON:
It’s a tie between Peter Gabriel’s “SO” and Paul Simon’s “The Rhythm of the Saints”

CAREER HIGHLIGHT:
Throwing out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays’ game vs. the Chicago Cubs. I’ve played in front of thousands, but nothing has been more nerve racking than throwing out the first pitch on international TV (especially since it was on ESPN) and in front of thousands.

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
15″ HHX Groove Hats. They’re my favorite hats for sure! The 22″ HHX OMNI is my current favorite cymbal as well.

Kit Chatham is an internationally recognized drummer, percussionist, stage 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 and Assistant Band Leader for Cirque du Soleil’s newest 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 “Cirque-du-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 has 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, Core-Percussion from Japan, and numerous scholastic groups throughout North America 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. Visit www.PrincipalPercussionSeries.com for more details.

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.

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