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Kit Chatham is an internationally recognized percussionist,

performer, composer, 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 & clinician and create a percussive sound that is uniquely his own.

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.

Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Kit was the featured percussionist and percussion manager for the critically acclaimed instrumental theatrical show, CYBERJAM (2003-2004), performing in London’s West End and the featured snare drum/percussion soloist with the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show BLAST! (2001-2003).  He 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 North Seas Jazz Festival, the Vienne Jazz Festival, and many other festivals.

Kit has arranged, composed, designed, and consulted with 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. - www.PrincipalPercussionSeries.com

Kit received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia (2000) where he studied with Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Dr. Arvin Scott. While attending college, he instructed & arranged for the Sudler Trophy winning University of Georgia Redcoat Band (1998-2000), performed in numerous ensembles and bands, 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.