Kevin Shah is an active designer and educator in the world of the marching arts. As a composer for winds and percussion, Kevin owns and operates projectRISEmusic.com which features many of his works for marching band and percussion ensemble.
Kevin is very involved in winter percussion and is the music designer for Arcadia High School (2011 WGI Scholastic World Champions, 2016 WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalists, 2017 WGI Scholastic World Silver Medalists, 2018 WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalist) and Broken City Percussion (2016 WGI Independent World Bronze Medalists, 2017 WGI Independent World Silver Medalists, 2018 Independent World Bronze Medalist). Previously, Kevin designed for George Mason University (2012 WGI Independent Open Champion) and served as a consultant for Rhythm X. Kevin also serves on both the WGI Board of Directors and Percussion Steering Committee.
As a longtime fan of drum corps, Kevin marched bass drum with Pacific Crest in 1999 and 2000 and aged out with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2002. Kevin served as the Sound Designer for the Bluecoats from 2010 – 2013, and was the Front Ensemble Arranger for the Mandarins in 2013 and 2014. Kevin joined the Blue Knights in 2014 and serves as Music Coordinator and as a Composer/Arranger. Kevin also serves on the DCI Rules and Systems Task Force (RSTF).
Kevin holds a B.M. in percussion performance from UCLA where he studied with the late Mitchell Peters, and an M.M. in percussion performance from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Greg Zuber, Daniel Druckman, Gordon Gottlieb, Joseph Pereira, and the late Roland Kohloff. As a percussionist, Kevin has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Pacific Symphony, and has traveled to Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Australia while performing with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Kevin is a Yamaha Performing Artist and also endorses Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, and Promark Sticks & Mallets.