Kasem Thipayametrakul

COUNTRY Thailand      


Mr.Kasem Thipayametrakul is one of the most versatile and sought after percussionists in Thailand. He is known as the father of drumline of Thailand.

Kasem studied percussion at Wat Suthiwararam school. He continues his percussion studies and keyboard percussion with Mr.Nattawat (Sunthorn) Yodsrithong, Mr.Brian Johnson, Prof.Jeff Moore and Prof.Mark Ford. Kasem marched with Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 1999-2000 (Front Line) as well as participating in and achieving a high rank in Solo Marimba and Ensemble for DCI (I&E) and PASIC.

When he returned from USA, Kasem served as a Percussion Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for Siamyth Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2010. Kasem has recorded Marimba solo with Guitar in music name “Songwad”, composed by Sakchai Lekwongsderm, in the Album “Yawaraj” in year 2010. Also in 2015 he was the Solo Marimbist in a concert with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra playing the new piece “Marimba Concerto Mahamongkol by Kitti Kuremanee.

Kasem was and still teach in several leading university such as Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, and Assumption University as well as many school in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and USA. Moreover, he has condensed his teaching experience into his educational literature exercise book “Drumline Exercises 2004-2008 Vol.1”.
Presently, he is Director of Bangkok Society Drumline and served as Principal Percussionist of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Keyboard Leader of Fanatic Percussion. Kasem also was invited to become member of WMC (The World Music Contest) and WAMSB (World Association of Marching Show Bands) Judge Panel.

Kasem is an official endorser of Majestic Mallets, Pearl Drum, Sabian Cymbal, Evans Drumhead, Vic Firth mallet & drumstick as well as Percussion Designer and Artist for
Percussion House.

Michael Udow

Independent / Santa Fe Opera (retired)

Matt Brusca

Gateway Indoor, Colts Cadets

Tommy Dobbs

Professor Of Percussion At The University Of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra (principal Percussion), Duo Breedlove (saxophone And Percussion Duo

Troy Breaux

University Of Louisiana At Lafayette - Coordinator Of Percussion Studies, Louisiana Stars Drum And Bugle Corps Percussion Caption Supervisor, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, The Garth Alper Trio

Wade Culbreath

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra