Egha Kusuma is a musician, percussionist, performer, and educator. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Michael Compitello, Shaun Tilburg, Simone Mancuso, and Dom Moio. While at ASU, Egha served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching percussion lessons to both undergraduate and graduate students, directing the ASU Pan Devils steel band, and teaching drum circle 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. As a performer, Egha has received awards from numerous competitions, including the Percussive Arts Society.
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 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 is currently 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 are 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. Besides teaching, he serves as a clinician and adjudicator for high schools. Egha enjoys teaching percussion, and has a passion for witnessing the growth of the students he teaches.
D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts), Percussion Performance, Arizona State University, 2021
M.M. (Master of Music), Percussion Performance, Brigham Young University, 2014.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Music (Percussion), Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 2012.