BIO

Egha KusumaEgha Kusuma is a musician, percussionist, performer, and an educator. He is currently a doctoral student pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Arizona State University (ASU), where he also directs the ASU Pan Devils steel band and teaches individual percussion instruction class. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Brigham Young University-Hawaii where he studied percussion with Dr. Darren Duerden and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Brigham Young University where he studied percussion with Dr. Ron Brough. During Egha’s graduate studies, he was a Percussive Arts Society Student Delegate in Utah, and received several awards from the same organization for winning several percussion competitions in Utah.

Egha is an orchestral percussionist, a world percussionist, and a jazz musician. As an orchestral percussionist he has performed with several large ensembles including Utah Wind Symphony, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, and Utah Millennial Choir & Orchestra. As a world percussionist, he has performed in a various world music settings that include his past work experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center as a percussionist and Polynesian drummer to present the culture of Polynesia countries such as Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand through music. Moreover, he has performed in salsa orchestra, steel bands, and Indonesian gamelan ensembles. Egha currently is a solo steel pan artist and the lead pan player of the Desert Pan in Arizona. Previously he played steel pan Pan Steelers and Calypso Tide, two top professional steel bands in Utah. Egha’s drum set and jazz experience is diverse. He was a drum set player for BYU-Hawaii Shaka Steel Band, Salsa Orchestra, and Good Vibes Jazz Combo. In addition, he is experienced in jazz improvisation as well.

As an educator, Egha has been teaching percussion at several different schools in the past 3 years in Utah including at Lehi High School, Spanish Fork High School, and American Preparatory Academy. His teaching experiences include teaches percussion method classes, marching band front ensemble, private lessons, and direct percussion ensembles. Beside teaching, Egha serves as a clinician and adjudicator for high schools. Egha enjoys teaching percussion, and have a passion for witnessing the growth of the students he teaches. 

Education

D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts), Percussion Performance, Arizona State University, in progress (anticipated in 2021).

M.M. (Master of Music), Percussion Performance, Brigham Young University, 2014.

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Music (Percussion), Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 2012.